Role of physicians in antimicrobial resistance

Sarah Anwar, MDLinx

Superbugs and Superdrugs USA

Iselin, New Jersey, United States | November 13-14, 2017

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Iselin, NJ, November 14, 2017William Weiss, PhD, director, UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, discusses the key role physicians can play in slowing down resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing threat, and many factors contribute to the rise of such pathogens. According to Dr. Weiss, the best way to slow down this process “is to really understand the infection the patient has, whether it needs an antibiotic, or whether you’re prescribing the right antibiotic,” especially in patients at high risk for such infections.

Empiric therapy, while sometimes necessary, said Dr. Weiss, can result in the incorrect prescribing of antibiotics. To avoid this, Dr. Weiss recommended starting treatment “with a broad-spectrum agent until you know what the organism is,” and then switching to one with a narrow spectrum.

Finally, rapid diagnostic testing can also help physicians avoid prescribing unnecessary antibiotics, said Dr. Weiss. 

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