Antibiotic Resistance Education
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Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Reporting
Effective 10/1/02, all laboratories and health care providers are required to report any
cases of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). Reporting IPD is important because of
significant morbidity and mortality associated with this disease, the introduction of
the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar), and the increasing trends of
antimicrobial resistance. Nationwide, the proportion of penicillin nonsusceptible
S. pneumoniae increased from 10% to 25%. IPD surveillance will allow for tracking
County-wide antimicrobial resistance patterns. The data will also help physicians
make appropriate antibiotic treatment choices.
Antibiogram Surveillance in LA County
In an effort to understand patterns of antimicrobial resistance in Los Angeles County
hospitals, ACDC is creating a countywide antibiogram with an aggregate of antibiogram
data provided by each hospital in the county. The data will enable hospitals to compare
resistance patterns with those of other area hospitals of similar size and type. The
countywide antibiogram will be posted here upon completion of this project.
Seminal Articles: Antibiograms in Surveillance
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