Antimicrobial resistance or drug resistance is defined by the CDC as “the result of microbes changing in ways that reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of drugs, chemicals, or other agents to cure or prevent infections,” (CDC, 2009). According to the CDC, this drug resistance by these microorganisms has been a growing concern for health care workers around the world.
Review the CDC campaign to prevent antimicrobial resistance and the other resources provided this week. Then, address the following in a 2- to 3-page paper:
Based on the information provided at the CDC site and in the resources, respond to the following:
•How do health care providers, patients, and industries contribute to the development of drug-resistant “bugs”?
•What steps should be taken in hospitals or health care facilities to prevent antimicrobial resistance? Provide specific examples.
Support your ideas or those of others with references from the professional nursing literature. Refer to the “Antimicrobial Resistance Application Rubric” prior to submission.
•CDC. (2009). Antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance. Retrieved from http://www(dot)cdc(dot)gov/drugresistance/index.html
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