Antibiotic-resistant superbugs creating deadly risks for hip and knee operations

Oct 2010
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26,778
Colorado
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Full circle, from having no antibiotics to having non that will work....

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs creating deadly risks for hip and knee operations
Hip and knee operations are becoming increasingly lethal due to the rise of antibiotic resistance (AMR), health officials have warned.​
More than 2,500 people are now dying each year following a surge in once-treatable bloodstream infections for which antibiotics no longer work.​
A new report from Public Health England (PHE) warns that unless the trend is arrested, routine surgery, caesarean sections and some cancer treatments risk becoming life-threatening for more than three million patients each year.​
They are among a raft of common procedures which have been relatively safe for decades thanks to prophylactic (precautionary) antibiotics.​
However, the report warns that an estimated 35 per cent increase in bloodstream infections between 2013 and 2017 proves that the drugs are rapidly losing their power.​
AMR occurs when bacteria and other pathogens develop resistance to medicines used to attack them through spontaneous genetic mutation and natural selection.​
Some degree of resistance is inevitable, however the process has been dramatically worsened by profligate use of the drugs in both humans and animals.​
No new class of antibiotics have been developed since the 1970s, and pharmaceutical companies are increasingly reluctant to invest in research and development.​
Officials believe that at the current rate, 10 million people a year will die worldwide by 2050 due to AMR.​

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Antibiotic-resistant superbugs creating deadly risks for hip and knee operations
 
Nov 2012
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The over prescribing of antibiotics is one of the issues, plus the use of antibacterial soaps and cleaners.

The use of the antibacterial soaps has caused the bacteria to become stronger and our natural immunity to bacteria to become weaker.

(what happens is you get exposed to a bacteria/virus while you are healthy you develop antibodies and immune globulins against the invader.)

Well the use of the antibiotic soap causes the resistant bacteria to become the dominant population.

So resistant bacteria is more prevalent, and immune systems are weaker, When you become sick and you immune system is compromised and you have not developed a natural immunity to the organism, you are more susceptible to the infection.
 

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