The study by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology showing an alarming increase in the rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in hospital settings points up the dangers of remaining complacent about resistant organisms of all types (Superbug more common than estimated: study, Daily Dose, June 25).
While the problem of resistance is daunting, there are preventive measures that can be implemented immediately to limit the toll of morbidity and mortality from such superbugs. A roundtable discussion held by the not-for-profit U.S. Medicine Institute for Health Studies produced these suggestions, which ought to be considered and funded as appropriate.
Combined, these steps may give us a fighting chance to limit the scope and impact of the resistant organisms that threaten to return us to the pre-antibiotic era. Its a scary prospect, and one we ought to address, stat.
Nancy TomichManaging directorU.S. Medicine Institute for Health StudiesWashington