Long-Term Care

New national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria

MDS 3.0 Insider, September 25, 2014

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The Obama administration has unveiled a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It includes an executive order to direct the federal government to reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to help ensure the continued availability of effective treatments for bacterial infections. The announcement was released in connection with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology's Combating Antibiotic Resistance report.
 
The goals include reducing inappropriate antibiotic use for inpatients for monitored conditions by 20% and reducing inappropriate antibiotic use for outpatients by 50% by the year 2020. Antibiotic resistance is an ongoing problem in long-term care.
 
The full strategy can be read here.
 
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