Researchers have said that they have came across a shocking finding which suggests that many hospitals and doctors are prescribing multiple antibiotics unnecessarily for more number of days when just one would bring a good result.
According to the health officials, unnecessary use of antibiotics or their overuse helps in breeding of dangerous bacteria that are highly resistant to treatment.
The study researchers explain when a patient approaches a doctor then he/she often prescribe a couple of antibiotic after reading the symptoms to treat the unknown infection. However, medically the doctor should stop intake of unnecessary second antibiotic after the bug is identified. But they fail to do so in most of the cases, said researchers.
It was found that more number of antibiotics was not stopped in patients by the three-quarters of the 500 hospitals included in the research.
Lead study author Leslie Schultz, director of the Premier Safety Institute, Premier, said, “The overuse of antibiotics is an industry-wide public health issue that is occurring across all care settings.”Sometimes in an effort to ‘do whatever it takes’ to fight a serious infection, clinicians use multiple antibiotics to treat the same infection.”
The scientists say such a practice can contribute immensely to antimicrobial resistance, while putting the patient’s safety at risk and increasing costs.
Expressing confidence over the findings, the lead author said, the results would help “to enhance the antimicrobial stewardship initiatives that the majority of hospitals in the US already have in place today.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the paper having findings of the study on Wednesday.
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