Despite repeated warnings issued by researchers, the CDC and the WHO about the overuse of antibiotics in the healthcare sector, recent numbers have shown that doctors continue to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics at alarming rates. However, there are signs of hope. Let’s continue to explore this problem and discuss what you can do to protect yourself.
Why Are Antibiotics Still Overprescribed?
According to Pew Research, many doctors continue to ignore or gloss over CDC warnings in their immediate interactions with patients. The reasons vary, but they can usually be tied to other inherent flaws in our healthcare system. For example, doctors may prescribe unnecessary antibiotics because:
Is There Any Good News?
Yes, there is. In early 2017, the Joint Commission released a new set of guidelines regarding the proper stewardship of antibiotics in the healthcare sector, and the CDC released a report early this year indicating that more states and hospitals nationwide are taking steps toward antibiotic awareness and proper stewardship of these drugs. While individual doctors may still ignore these guidelines, at least the facilities themselves are taking steps to reduce the misuse of antibiotics.
How to Protect Yourself
At the current time, you can be your own best guardian against the improper use of antibiotics and the spread of superbugs—and if everyone takes personal responsibility for their own care, we can see more progress on this front. Some common-sense steps to take:
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