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Is Your Patient Taking the Right Antimicrobial?

Vrtis, Mary C. PhD, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: June 2008 - Volume 108 - Issue 6 - p 49–55
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000324377.09651.c7
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The author describes the all-too-common phenomenon of inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing and the role it played in her sister's illness and death. The author details the ways in which bacteria become resistant to antimicrobials, discusses the prevalence and costs of health care–associated infections resulting from antimicrobial resistance, and provides practical tips on using culture-and-sensitivity reports to ensure that patients are receiving the appropriate antimicrobial treatments.

Her sister's death informs the author's examination of nosocomial infection, antibiotic resistance, and the importance of culture-and-sensitivity reports.

Mary C. Vrtis is a legal nurse consultant with Aperio Medical Legal Consulting in Front Royal, VA.

Contact author: marycvrtis@yahoo.com. The author of this article has disclosed no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

Her sister's death informs the author's examination of nosocomial infection, antibiotic resistance, and the importance of culture-and-sensitivity reports.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.