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Authors

  1. Vrtis, Mary C. PhD, RN

Overview

The author describes the all-too-common phenomenon of inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing and the role it played in her sister's illness and death. The author details the ways in which bacteria become resistant to antimicrobials, discusses the prevalence and costs of health care-associated infections resulting from antimicrobial resistance, and provides practical tips on using culture-and-sensitivity reports to ensure that patients are receiving the appropriate antimicrobial treatments.