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CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 5, 2014

The CDC director said that he wanted to "debunk" a myth that he has heard "in some quarters" that doctors want to give their patients the best medicine even if it's bad for other patients because it protects their own patients.

"That's actually not the case," Frieden says. "In fact, what we're finding…is that by giving your patients the best possible treatment, and that means the treatment that's tailored to their infection…not only do you protect them against a super-resistant organism or C. difficile diarrhea, but you also protect other people in the hospital and the community."

"As an infectious disease doctor myself, I recall patients I've treated who've run out of antibiotics, and I don't want to see that kind of situation spread in this country."

More CDC information about healthcare efforts to promote antibiotic stewardship is here.


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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