By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Could overuse of antibiotics be causing the spread of the superbug in Southern California? Dr. Kavita Trivedi, medical epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Initiative thinks possibly so.
Too many patients go to their doctors and ask for antibiotics for every cold and sniffle for themselves or their kids for fear of losing time out of work and/or school. This can lead to a lot more drug-resistant organisms that will not be cured by a simple round of antibiotics. All the patient may need to do is and go home and get lots of rest. A few extra days out of work is all it may take to heal well and not have the infections return. Too many antibiotics taken by a patient and they may become resistant to many antibiotics and if they get very sick in the future may not respond to any antibiotics.
So to prevent this awful superbug from spreading doctors should avoid giving out too many unnecessary antibiotics, wash their hands properly after touching any patients and or hospital surfaces and wear protective scrubs.