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New Research Gives Clues of Antibiotic Use and Resistance in U.S. Children's Hospitals

Two studies published in the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology show antibiotic resistance patterns for children have held stable over a seven-year period and surgical patients in U.S. children's hospitals account for 43 percent of all antibiotic use in children's hospitals, presenting an opportunity for targeted intervention.

The release of the findings coincides with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, an annual weeklong observance on antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America publishes Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and is a proud partner of Get Smart about Antibiotics Week.

"Inappropriate use of antibiotics can have serious and global consequences on the utility of these drugs and the spread of resistant bacteria," said Neil Fishman, MD, a past-president of SHEA and Associate Chief Medical Officer at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. "These studies help complement our collective knowledge of the resistant bacteria in vulnerable children populations and give us a better understanding of how children's hospitals use antibiotics."

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