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does antibiotic resistant bacteria increase incidence of sepsis?

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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
General Practice 15 years experience
Can: Bacterial resistance is becoming prevalent as we have increased usage for even non infectious cases. When there is confirmed resistant strain that enters into the blood stream, sepsis is a possibility as we can potentially run out of options to treat.
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Antibiotics/sepsis: Yes. As antibiotics resistance emerges, the severity and duration of bacterial illness is worse, leading to a greater risk of sepsis and adverse events.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Maybe: It may be more difficult to treat but multidrug resistant bacteria do not necessarily produce more sepsis than very sensitive ones.

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