According to the CDC every year in the United States 23,000 people die from an anti-biotic related infection. What is the main cause for this? Urgent care centers are the biggest offenders when it comes to giving people antibiotics they don’t need.
Most all of people who walk into a clinic with symptoms of a cold or flu walk out with antibiotics. The downfall is that most antibiotics do not treat viruses pertaining to colds or influenza. This can also knock out good bacteria from the body that helps fight against viruses.
Overuse of these antibiotics is causing a rise in bacteria that resists the treatment of any type of antibiotic.
Antibiotics DO NOT Treat
With the uprising of Urgent Care centers there are currently over 8,000 centers which is 12 percent more than there were in 2016. This is making them more known and giving access to everyone.
A 2016 study looking at antibiotic use for all diagnoses found that 30 percent of medical offices and emergency rooms prescribed unnecessary antibiotics for these complaints.
Overprescribing medication is a threat to public health and is the cause for super viruses that mostly affect children.
Doctors do this out of concern for the patient hoping they aren’t missing anything as well as meet the standards for patient care.
Tips For Your Next Visit
Ask your medical provider if antibiotics are needed and say that you’re concerned about developing resistance.
Do Not assume that you may need them and ask to be prescribed
Always wash your hands, and get appropriate vaccines to avoid illness
Take Antibiotics as directed and never share them.
About 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year. That’s a 10 percent increase from the year before.
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Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.