More than half of all hospital patients receive at least one antibiotic. In some hospitals, doctors prescribe three times as many antibiotics as doctors in other hospitals.
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For the past five years, Georgia has worked to protect patients from dangerous infections and advocate for the responsible use of antibiotics.
More than 3 million Americans receive care in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 to 3 million serious infections occur every year in these facilities.
Time is a critical factor in antibiotic resistance. The longer bacteria have to be exposed to a drug, the more opportunities they have to develop ways to resist it.
When Geneen Gibson, PharmD, started her job at Savannah’s St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in January 2008, doctors and pharmacists were already nervous.