Hospital CEOs can do more than just prevent an outbreak of influenza in their facility this flu season: They can and must take action against antibiotic resistance, an urgent public health problem that affects us all.
What does the flu have to do with antibiotic resistance and what can a hospital CEO do about it?
Plenty as it turns out.
Research published in the July issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology shows a dramatic rise in antibiotic prescriptions during flu season. Some of these prescriptions are necessary and appropriate to treat secondary bacterial infections associated with the flu, but many represent instances of antibiotic overuse. The study was funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio and Extending the Cure, a research project examining the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.