Doctors rethinking use of antibiotics against pneumonia


IND BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. U.T. HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT SAN ANTONIO SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO PNEUMONIA, ANTIBIOTICS ARE OVERDESCRIBED.>>Mark: THEY LEARNED FEWER PEOPLE HAD MRSA INFECTIONS THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.>>Leslie: DOCTORS MAY NEED TO RETHINK THEIR METHODS OF TREATMENT.>>MRSA IS A STAFF INFECTION CAUSED BY A BACTERIA THAT IS RESISTANT TO MOST ANTIBIOTICS TYPICALLY USED TO FIGHT STAFF INFECTIONS, ITS BIGGEST PROBLEMS IS IN PNEUMONIA PATIENTS.>>SOMETIMES A NECROTIZING DISEASE, MEANING THAT IT REALLY KILLS THE BUG AND DAMAGE THE TISSUE TO A LEVEL THAT CAN CAUSE HOLES OR SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE LUNGS.>>SHOULD SAN ANTONIANS BE CONCERNED?>>DEFINITELY IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE SEEN MANY PATIENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN THE VA WHO HAPPEN TO HAVE MRSA PNEUMONIA.>>WHILE WE NEED TO B AWARE OF THE PRESENCE OF MR SA. DOCTORS SAY MR SA PNEUMONIA IS NOT AS COMMON AS IT WAS ONCE BELIEVED TO BE. THE DOCTOR IS A MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL INITIATIVE OF MRSA PNEUMONIA KNOWN AS GLISM. IT SOUND MRSA IN ONLY 3%, THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF MRSA INFECTION WERE FOUND IN SOUTH AND NORTH AMERICA.>>IF YOU ARE IN ONE OF THOSE PLACES, YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE A LOT OF THIS BACTERIA, YOU NEED TO SELECT FOR WHICH PATIENTS YOU’RE GOING TO BE USING THOSE ANTIBIOTICS.>>OVERPRESCRIBING ANTIBIOTICS CAN LEAD TO DRUG RESISTANT BACTERIA, SINCE ONLY ABOUT 4.8% IN NORTHSIDE AMERICA WERE FOUND TO HAVE MRSA BACTERIA.>>USE IT WHEN IT’S NEEDED, BUT DON’T OVERUSE IT, THEN WE WILL KILL ANTIBIOTICS THAT ARE HELPING US TAKE CARE OF VERY SICK PATIENTS.>>IT’S ALL ABOUT FINDING A BALANCE. HE HOPES THE FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY HELP GUIDE DOCTORS IN UNDERSTANDING THE PREVALENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND WHICH PNEUMONIA PATIENTS HAVE THE

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