Using Antibiotics Safely in Hospitals: Then, Now, and Beyond
Penicillin was discovered in 1928 and first used with human patients in 1941. Dr. Fleming’s early warning was prescient. Antibiotics alleviate immeasurable suffering. But when exposed to an antibiotic, bacteria can become resistant, making them harder to kill. This can make infections harder to treat and lead to deadly consequences for patients; each year 2.8 million people in the United States get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 35,000 people die, according to the most recent statistics. If antibiotic resistance is not successfully combated, a simple sore throat could again become life-threatening.
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