The goal of this program is to inform nurses of the increasing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout healthcare and to offer strategies for reducing the spread of resistance. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Name at least two reasons why bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
- Explain why 75% of antibiotic prescriptions written each year for outpatient visits are inappropriate.
- Discuss one method of controlling the rapid increase in bacterial resistance in U.S. hospitals.