Most antibiotics are effective only for some period of time before they become ineffective. One of the reasons for this could be the rampant misuse of antibiotics.
The reasons for the development of resistance by microbes for a particular antibiotic could be traced to a number of factors. However the biggest culprit is the misuse of antibiotics for infections which would suffice any older antibiotics to be treated. The happiest are large multinationals, who juggle the chemical structure of any antibiotic and then package it as new with a exorbitant price tag. The situation is even worse for kids who by the time they become adults are resistant to almost half the common antibiotics.
Latest research reveals that kids who are hospitalized are discharged sooner and return less often when hospitals take extra efforts to control treatment that uses antibiotics.
Some Hospitals have started what is known as “stewardship programs” which make it difficult for physicians to prescribe antibiotics without sufficient cause. Antibiotics can treat and cure infections effectively. However their rampant and unwanted use can allow germs to develop resistance and keep people sick leading to the need for more powerful drugs.
Dr. Jason Newland, study lead author and medical director of patient safety and systems reliability at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo said, “Studies have shown stewardship programs reduce antibiotic use and decrease the risk of antibiotic resistance, but this is the first to demonstrate that these programs actually reduce length of [hospital] stay and readmission in children.”
The findings will be presented on Thursday in Philadelphia at the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, HIV Medicine Association and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
“These findings reinforce the health benefits of antibiotic stewardship programs for some of our most vulnerable patients. It’s clear that more hospitals should invest their resources in implementing such programs,” Newland said.