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Becker's Hospital Review: Resistance to antibiotics tied to patient age, healthcare setting

By Bari Faye Dean

Antibiotic drug resistance isn't universal — it varies by the age of the patient and the healthcare setting, according to a study published Jan. 2 in JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance.

With an eye on 22 of the most antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens and the 41 antibiotic drugs available to treat them, researchers at Kansas City, Mo.-based Children's Mercy Hospital analyzed EHR data on antimicrobial susceptibility reported by 144 healthcare facilities between 2012 and 2017, according to CIDRAP News.

Researchers analyzed the resistance levels of each pathogen and related antibiotic in four groups: adults, children under 17, youth in pediatric settings, and youth in facilities that treat all ages of patients. Researchers reported the antibiotic resistance rates in children and adults were influenced by healthcare setting and age. 


Read the full article via Becker's Hospital Review

Children's Mercy Research Institute