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Does antibiotic resistant bacteria increase incidence of sepsis?

Does antibiotic resistant bacteria increase incidence of sepsis?

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. ...Read more

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Incidence (Definition)

...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...Read more


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Where do antibiotic resistant bacteria come from?

Where do antibiotic resistant bacteria come from?

Various: They evolve in hospitals, sub acute care facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Environments where antibiotics are excessively prescribed and sensitive bacteria are killed off while resistant strains persist and thrive. They also occur in the food supply because of the excessive use of antibiotics in animal husbandry to increase animal growth rates and corporate profits. ...Read more

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How worried should we be about antibiotic resistant bacteria?

How worried should we be about antibiotic resistant bacteria?

Drug resistance: Very. And it would be very wise for all humans to realize their demand for antibiotics, especially in the winter when most illnesses are viral, are leading to this increasingly worrisome threat. ...Read more

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Which is more dangerous: bird flu or the growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria and why?

Which is more dangerous: bird flu or the growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria and why?

At this point,: Only a couple of hundred people in the world have died from h5n1 and probably more than that number die daily from drug resistant bugs. At this point, there is no contest. ...Read more

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What causes antibiotic resistant bacteria?

Incomplete killing: Mutations in bacteria that lead to resistance can occur when bacteria are exposed to antibiotics in doses that are not strong enough to kill them. The bacteria then can mutate and develop resistance. A favorite professor of mine would always say "dead bacteria can't develop resistance.". ...Read more

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How can I protect myself and my family from antibiotics resistant bacteria?

How can I protect myself and my family from antibiotics resistant bacteria?

Antibiotic overuse: Dear Matthew1 This is a very relevant question in this day and age. The best way to protect against bacteria or disease spreading organisms in general is to practice good hand washing and to stay well hydrated. Also equally important is to avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics for viral or non bacterial infections. Unfortunately there are still practices that do that. I hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be about the spread of carbapenem resistant bacteria?

How concerned should I be about the spread of carbapenem resistant bacteria?

If you have it, very: If not, it is not something within your sphere of control unless you are likely to be hospitalized. You can request data from a hospital on the frequency with which they are seeing these organisms, and you can try hard not to be hospitalized, but sometimes these things are beyond your ability to manage. The risk is present and growing more so. ...Read more

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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more