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Issues in the Management of Resistant Bacteria in Long-Term–Care Facilities

  • Suzanne F. Bradley (a1)

The prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the long-term–care setting and the risk to nursing home residents is still unknown. Few studies have been done in community-based nursing homes, and most have focused on colonization rather than infection rates. Concerns about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci have been expressed most often, while relatively scant attention has been paid to the problem of antibiotic resistance in gram-negative bacilli. Antibiotic resistance precautions need to be developed for nursing homes that are simple, effective, inexpensive, and recognize the unique rehabilitative and long-term custodial missions of chronic-care facilities.

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GRECC UG, Veterans'Affairs Health Systems, 2215 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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