March 15, 2017
The number of children infected with multidrug resistant gram-negative enteric Enterobacteriaceae increased significantly over the previous 8 years, associated with longer hospital stays and increased mortality risk, according to a recent study.
“There is a clear and alarming upswing throughout this country of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections in kids and teens,” Sharon B. Meropol, MD, PhD, from the department of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, said in a press release. “This makes it harder to effectively treat our patients’ infections. The problem is compounded because there are fewer antibiotics approved for young people than adults to begin with. Health care providers have to make sure we only prescribe antibiotics when they are really needed.”