Antibiotic stewardship in aged care facilities

1 October 2018: GRACE research team highlights the risks of the emergence and transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria in residential aged-care...

1 October 2018: GRACE research team highlights the risks of the emergence and transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria in residential aged-care. Given the close living arrangements, increased frailty and high rate of prescribed antibiotics, it is unsurprising that rates of resistance in bacterial isolates from aged care residents are substantially higher than in the general population. Efforts to improve stewardship in the aged-care setting could substantially reduce antibiotic prescribing, with little likelihood of a negative effect on patient outcomes. Beyond stewardship measures, genomic technologies could be used to assist in detailed mapping of antibiotic resistance and targeting of potential routes of transmission.

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