Nursing Homes Become New Focus In Efforts To Curb Antibiotic Overuse
Health officials and executives, whose attention in recent years has been on antibiotic use in hospitals, will expand that focus to nursing homes. But addressing antibiotic overuse in these facilities will be a significant challenge. In other public health news, The Washington Post reports on what makes the best ambulances.
The Wall Street Journal:
New Push To Stop Overuse Of Antibiotics In Nursing Homes
A new front is emerging in the war on the overuse of antibiotics: the nursing home. Health officials and health-care executives, concerned by a rise in dangerous drug-resistant infections, are turning more attention to nursing homes, where antibiotics are some of the most frequently prescribed medications. They have concentrated over the past several years on curbing misuse of antibiotics in hospitals. (McKay, 10/12)
The Washington Post:
Need An Ambulance? Why You May Not Want The More Sophisticated Version.
Patients who are having a heart attack, stroke or other serious health emergency have a greater chance of surviving if they're taken to the hospital in a basic life-support ambulance rather than one loaded with sophisticated equipment, according to a study released Monday. (Sun, 10/13)