Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Getting Serious About Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

As we were enjoying last month's io9 feature (see "Fun With Flesh-eating Bacteria"), our friends across town at American Medical News were covering the real war against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause necrotizing fasciitis and other troublesome healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Research and development of new antibiotics has stalled. And the prudent use of available drugs has become the new focus of educational efforts spearheaded by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Particularly sobering are the words of IDSA president James M. Hughes, MD: "The way we've managed our antibiotics for the past 70 years has failed." Click here to read the full article. Again we are comforted to know that hyperbaric oxygen therapy offers at least one nonpharmaceutical backstop against a runaway public health calamity. Surely we need more alternatives.

O2.0 is the news blog of HyperbaricLink, the independent web guide to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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