In the last several months articles have been cropping up in the lay press about drug resistant bacteria (DRB). The problem occurs when an infection can not be adequately treated because the drugs available are not effective against the bacteria causing the infection. The current problem affecting 20 states in the US also stretches across the globe to the Middle East causing physicians in Tel Aviv angst as elaborated in USA Today
Health care providers, make your patients aware of this problem. Colleagues, stop prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily. Patients, stop asking us for antibiotics because you know it will make you feel better.
Every one of us needs to be aware, concerned and help in controlling this major problem in health care today.