To effectively reduce the incidence of antibiotic resistance, it is necessary to reduce the antibiotic pressure in the bacterial environment, such as the intestinal tract, water supply, and animal reservoirs. Reducing the inappropriate use of antibiotics will reduce antibiotic pressure in the intestinal tract. Improved sanitary treatment of a community's water supply will reduce the antibiotic pressure in this area. Reduction of antibiotic pressure in animal reservoirs is a complex topic and involves identifying and destroying infected animals as well as reducing human contact with animals that might be reservoirs.
In the hospital setting, basic infection control practices, such as hand washing and the use of gloves, are essential to the prevention and control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other drug-resistant organisms. Hospitalized patients diagnosed with MRSA are placed in isolation to minimize the spread of the organism.
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