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Hospitals turn to 'last resort' antibiotics.

HOSPITALS are turning to "lastresort" antibiotics as the number of drug-resistant infections rises.

A new report from Public Health England shows more people suffered a "significant antibiotic-resistant infection" - both in hospitals and the community - between 2010 and 2014.

Rates of bloodstream infections caused by E. coli jumped 15.6% and Klebsiella pneumoniae increased by 20.8% from 2010 to 2014.

E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea that may be bloody, and in serious cases can lead to kidney failure and death.

Klebsiella pneumoniae causes urinary tract infections and pneumonia but can also lead to blood poisoning.

The report said that while overall resistance to key antibiotics used to treat infections has remained constant in E. coli, the fact there are more bloodstream infections means more people have suffered a significant antibiotic-resistant infection.

The use of carbapenems and piperacillin/tazobactam - seen as "lastresort" antibiotics - rose by 36% and 55% respectively, from 2010 to 2014.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2015
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