From the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Infectious Disease, LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The need for responsible antibiotic use stewardship to quell microbial
resistance should have no disputants. Indeed, there have been so many clarion
calls for action1 to halt the increasing resistance
to antimicrobials that further emphasis seems redundant. The list of august
organizations and agencies that have highlighted the problems of antibiotic
resistance in recent years includes the National Academy of Sciences, Institute
of Medicine, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention; the American Society for Microbiology, and the World
Health Organization. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has ranked
antimicrobial resistance and emerging infections as the first among the top
10 problems in infectious diseases on which it will concentrate its efforts.2
Burke JP. Antibiotic Resistance—Squeezing the Balloon? JAMA. 1998;280(14):1270–1271. doi:10.1001/jama.280.14.1270
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