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  • Antiobiotic-resistant organisms: Part 3 of 3

    Antiobiotic-resistant organisms: Part 3 of 30

    In the previous two articles, I explained why resistance to antibiotics is a public health issue of concern and presented some information on the NWT experience with hospital acquired infections. However, the biggest challenge that we now face is the spread of AROs within our homes and communities.

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  • Antiobiotic-resistant organisms: Part 2 of 3

    Antiobiotic-resistant organisms: Part 2 of 30

    This article is continued from last week’s issue. Antibiotic-resistant organisms(AROs) are usually subdivided into community-acquired (CA) and healthcare-associated (HA). In this second article, I will focus on the latter, as they are for the greater part considered preventable and may be indicative of problems related to general sanitation and disinfection, staff compliance with prevention measures (such as proper hand washing and use of personal protective equipment), and/or antibiotic stewardship (which means following appropriate prescribing standards or guidelines) within a health care facility.

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  • Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms and why we care about them

    Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms and why we care about them1

    In a recently released report, the World Health Organization is warning us that antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious public health threat around the world (http://www.who.int/drugresistance/documents/surveillancereport/en/). This problem arises when a microorganism no longer responds to a drug to which it was originally sensitive.

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