Study: Antibiotic Resistance Growing Concern in Outpatient Settings

Antibiotic resistance among outpatients is a growing concern and warrants attention from both hospitals and outpatient clinics, according to a study in Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease.

Researchers examined 16,428 cultures for resistance to three common antibiotics from antibiograms developed for a regional health maintenance organization and academic healthcare system during the study period (2010). Methicillin susceptibility among S. aureus and E. coli susceptibility to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole were similar among inpatients and outpatients, and ciprofloxacin susceptibility was higher in outpatients than inpatients.


Based on the findings, the researchers recommend increased use of antibiograms in outpatient care settings to help accurately inform antibiotic prescribing.  

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