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  1. Carrico, Ruth M. PhD, RN, CIC
  2. Arnold, Forest DO
  3. Goss, Linda K. RN, BS, C, CIC


The development of resistance to antimicrobial agents continues to be a tremendous challenge to clinicians because of the negative patient outcomes that can result from this resistance. For clinicians to understand their individual responsibilities in reversing this trend, it is useful for them to understand how and why resistance develops. Armed with this knowledge, the infusion specialist can play an important role in the infection control and antimicrobial management processes that are essential in current healthcare settings.