"Superbugs": Antimicrobial Resistance


Resistance anywhere is resistance everywhere.
Antibiotic overuse increases the development
of drug-resistant germs and
limits treatment options for infections.
You have a role in preventing antibiotic resistance.






More about antibiotic use

  • Stop Antibiotic Misuse in Minnesota (MARC)
    Antibiotics are powerful medicines for fighting infections, but they don't cure every illness. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed - or not completing the prescription given by your child's health care provider - can even be harmful. This website is the Minnesota Antibiotic Resistance Collaborative (MARC) campaign to educate about proper antibiotic use. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
    CDC's frequently asked questions about antibiotic resistance. Attention: Non-MDH link.

  • Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance
    CDC’s website for all antibiotic resistance activities including: general information on drug-resistant pathogens, educational campaign resources, and laboratory testing and training resources. Attention: Non-MDH link.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings
    The CDC's campaign to prevent antimicrobial resistance aims to prevent antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings. The campaign centers on four main strategies: prevent infection, diagnose and treat infection, use antimicrobials wisely, and prevent transmission. Attention: Non-MDH link.

  • Minimum Criteria for Initiation of Antibiotics in Long-Term Care Residents
    Two-sided card or poster with minimum criteria for initiation of antibiotics in Long-Term Care residents.

The way we use antibiotics today
or in one patient
directly impacts how effective they will be tomorrow
or in another patient;
they are a shared resource.
Preserving effective antibiotic treatments
requires all of us to do our part.


Antibiotic stewardship- the ultimate return on investment.
Antibiotic stewardship helps improve patient care
and outcomes and shortens hospital stays,
therefore benefitting patients as well as hospitals’ bottom line.

Dispelling the Myths: The True Cost of Healthcare-Associated Infections, 2007 (APIC White Paper) (PDF: 72KB/2 pages)

Antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infections in kids younger than 15 years of age account for 58% of all antibiotics prescribed, yet most of these acute respiratory infections do not require antibiotic treatment. The good news is that many patients may benefit more from symptomatic therapy.

Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting bacterial illnesses
(like Strep throat),
but they DO NOT work for viral illnesses
(like the common cold or flu).


Updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 03:14PM