Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms gain
the ability to withstand the effects of drug treatments
such as antibiotics, which are used to treat bacterial
infections. When this happens, healthcare providers are
challenged to find other treatments to cure the
When bacteria become resistant to multiple antibiotics, they are referred to as multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) and often have very limited treatment options, if any. These MDROs, or “superbugs”, are spreading worldwide and are a serious risk to public health. One of the deadliest suberbugs,
carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae
, poses a threat to all LA County Healthcare Facilities.
Two of the biggest reasons for the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance are the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. As a result, it is important to only use antibiotics when they are absolutely necessary to make sure that they can still be used for treatments in the future.
Everyone has a role in preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance in our communities. Check out the additional resources below to learn more about antimicrobial resistance and what you can do to help.
Reassess Antibiotics at 48 Hours:
(Single-sided, English 15”x24”) This poster reminds clinicians to perform a review of antibiotics 48 hours after antibiotics are initiated, and to ask themselves some key questions. At this time, staff should reassess the continuing need and choice of antibiotics, using clinical and laboratory data (including culture results and local antibiograms)
as they become available.
Treat True Infections, Not Colonization:
(Single-sided, English 15”x24”) This poster serves as a reminder for clinicians to accurately interpret culture results. Clinical criteria and additional laboratory data can help distinguish infection from colonization.
Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer:
Poster (Double-sided English/Spanish 15”x24”) This poster aims
to help healthcare providers remember when antibiotics
aren’t necessary, and to provide them with a reference
to help explain to patients why they do not need an
More coming soon!