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It’s common for investigators to use administrative data to measure and track rates of MRSA infection, but is an administrative database an accurate source for this kind of information?  A new paper co-authored by several ETC researchers says no—instead, administrative data may be misleading when it comes to infection surveillance.

In 2002, France launched a program to educate physicians and consumers about the dangers of antibiotic overuse--namely, the speedy development of antibiotic resistanceLes antibiotiques, c’est pas automatiques (“antibiotics are not automatic”) aimed to reduce antibiotic prescriptions in France by 25% over a five-year period, and it is largely touted as a success—in fact, a PLoS One study recently reported that the program exceeded expectations, reducing prescriptions by 26.5% in the first five years.

The Huffington Post has an excerpt from Dan Rather's story on the growing concern over antibiotic resistance.  

The full piece will be aired on HDNet this weekend, and examines trends in antibiotic use and resistance in the United States and Norway.

An interesting article on managing antibiotic-resistant infections during wartime: Acinetobacter baumannii: A Highly Successful Pathogen in Wartime: Inter- and Intrahospital Transmission.

Dr Patrick Irungu is a Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi and Dr Samuel Kariuki is the Chief Research Officer and Head of Department, Centre for Microbiology Research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).  They are co-leading a study on antibiotic use and resistance patterns in livestock in Kenya, sponsored by the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP)--a CDDEP project.  In the following post they disc

A Losing Battle?

Just posted to the CDDEP blog: a neat graphic from Newsweek (with data sourced from ETC and IDSA) on the rise of resistance in the United States coupled with the decline in new antibiotic development.

Take a look at the CDDEP blog.

Image credit: Flickr: Anurag Singh

A recap of recent coverage of Extending the Cure's work on antibiotic resistance:

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, doctors and health care providers are facing increasing challenges in treating bacterial infections. Numerous studies—including those from ETC—have documented the growing costs of resistance and the systemic factors in play that prevent us from adequately addressing the problem. Now, ETC is pleased to release ResistanceMap--a new tool for mapping and communicating the progression of resistance levels over time. 

A few more resources to close out the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work and Get Smart for Healthcare campaigns this week.

We all know that antibiotic resistance adversely impacts the health of millions of hospitalized patients every year. Did you know that the major driver of this resistance is likely inappropriate antibiotic use? Let’s look at the facts. Numerous studies have documented that inappropriate antibiotic use in hospitals and nursing homes results in increased resistance, worse patient outcomes, and increased healthcare costs, and helps drive the current national epidemic of Clostridium difficile infections. These are clearly serious problems that are impactin