What are antibiotic resistant bacteria?
According to the Center for Disease Control, antibiotic resistance bacteria are “The ability of microbes to resist the effects of drugs – that is, the germs are not killed, and their growth is not stopped.”
Why are they becoming more prevalent?
For over 75 years antibiotics have been successful in treating infections. However, because of the over-usage of these drugs, bacteria have learned to adapt to the medicine making it less effective. The rise of hospital acquired infections and other preventable illnesses are large contributing factors in the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Best ways to prevent?
There are many ways in which we can do our part to help prevent antibiotic resistance. It is important to practice good hand hygiene, get plenty of rest and eat healthy. If you or a family member become sick, stay away from public places and avoid sharing your germs. Hospital patients should ask questions and make sure nurses and other hospital staff are doing what they can to minimize the chance of contracting an HAI. If you do require taking an antibiotic, follow the instructions that are given to ensure that you are taking the correct dosage and following through on doctors orders.