Wednesday, September 18, 2013
In the United States alone, some 23,000 people die each year from infections casued by bacteria that are resistent to antibiotics. That's just one important statistic from the report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Antibiotic resistant infections can affect any age, but why is this also a major "elder" issue? Becaue nursing homes and hospitals -- and their residents or patients -- are on the front lines of the battle with resistaint strains. For more on the chilling history and the CDC's call for action, see here.
The CDC website is a great source for information on Healthy and Safe Aging, including video segments useful to spark class discussions.
Update: The CDC report and measures to control overuse of antibiotics will be the topic of a panel discussion on The Diane Rehm Show on public radio on September 18, 2013.