Battling Superbugs In Hospitals

Guest Host:

Frank Sesno
Klebsiella pneumoniae on ChromID CPS Agar
 - Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Nathan Reading

Klebsiella pneumoniae on ChromID CPS Agar

Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Nathan Reading

Battling Superbugs In Hospitals

A life-threatening infection at the National Institutes of Health last year spread to more than a dozen patients. Guest host Frank Sesno and guests discuss the rise in "superbugs" nationwide and what hospitals are doing to fight these antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Nearly 100,000 people die every year in the U.S. from hospital-borne infections. The most deadly of these are known as “superbugs” for their utter resistance to antibiotic drugs. Last year, one of these superbugs killed six people at the National Institutes of Health and it was months before doctors could locate the source of the infection. New antibiotics are scarce as drug companies consolidate and focus on more profitable drugs. The result is a health care population increasingly vulnerable to untreatable infections. Guest host Frank Sesno and guests discuss the rise in superbugs and what can be done to stop them.

Guests

Dr. Henry Masur

chief of the Critical Care Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Julie Segre

senior investigator for the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Dr. Michael Bell

deputy director of the Division of Health Care Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Edward Cox

director for the Office of Antimicrobial Product, U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Dr. David Shlaes

president of the Anti-Infectives Consulting.

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