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Clinical use of antibiotics to prevent or control resistance

Sebastian G. B. Amyes

in Antibacterial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199581368
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199581368.003.0009

Series: Oxford Infectious Diseases Library

Clinical use of antibiotics to prevent or control resistance

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• Choice of appropriate antibiotics is currently based primarily on individual patient need. • Preservation of bacterial sensitivity needs understanding of how antibiotics select resistance. • ‘Ten commandments’ which might be considered carefully when a choice has to be made for antibiotic prescribing. • The crucial importance of the fact that all healthcare personnel should take ownership of the need to prescribe appropriately and to practice effective infection control. • A realization that antibiotics may not be capable for the tasks required of them and eventually, with widespread resistance, may be incapable of the task they do today.

Chapter.  1898 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology

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