Overuse contributes to dangerous drug-resistant bacteria

The overuse of antibiotics poses an increasing threat to children who develop — or already have — drug-resistant infections that are difficult or impossible to treat, and can cause extended hospitalization, disability and even death.

At any given time, about 1 in 3 patients in U.S. children’s hospitals receive one or more antibiotics. However, for one-quarter of those children, the antibiotic treatments are unnecessary or otherwise “suboptimal,” according to research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

 

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