Death risk increases because of antibiotic resistance, researchers warn.
More and more people may die because of simple surgical interventions and cancer treatments if risky bacteria continue its resistance to antibiotics.
Ramanan Laxminarayan, the study’s lead author and the director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, stated that antibiotics are very useful when it comes about patients being operated on, as it helps them avoid catching deadly infections. Some of the most common medical procedures when the antibiotics are used are chemotherapies, cesareans and pacemaker implantations.
The study was published in The Lancet on October 15. The study estimated that approximately half of the infections that occur after a surgery and almost a quarter of the infections that occurred after chemotherapy are caused by bacteria which developed high resistance to antibiotics.
The study’s researchers projected that if bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics increases by only 30%, it would cause 6,300 more deaths per year.
“Anytime you’re going to need a surgery or a transplant, you’re going to need effective antibiotics. It’s something that affects all of us,” Laxminarayan declared.
The antibiotic resistance became a major concern. The Obama administration made a plan in order to combat this threat.
CDC estimated that approximately 2 million people per year are affected by the antibiotic-resistant bacteria and almost 23,000 die because of it.
Dr. Joshua Wolf from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital declared that kids suffering from cancer are more exposed to risk infections. In this case, the antibiotics become less efficient and the cancer treatment, more complicated to be treated.
Wolf declared that the appearance of new antibiotics would not be a solution. Instead, the efficient antibiotics must be administered only when their use is truly needed. Patients could also help if they avoid antibiotics intake when they suffer from coughs or colds.
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