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Doctors rethinking use of antibiotics against pneumonia

September 10, 2019


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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