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Jane’s Blog Urinary Tract Infections can be Deadly for the Elderly

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Jane’s Blog Urinary Tract Infections can be Deadly for the Elderly

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial (or sometimes fungal infection) in the bladder, and urethra of the urinary system and less often in the ureters and kidneys. UTIs are most common in residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. A recent study has found, “Delaying or withholding antibiotics in patients aged over 65 with symptoms of urinary tract infection seems to be associated with a higher risk of sepsis and death.” Those over 85, especially men were more at risk. Urosepsis is a condition where a urinary tract infection spreads from the urinary tract to the...

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Jane’s Blog Deadly Supergerms & Antibiotic Resistance

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Jane’s Blog Deadly Supergerms & Antibiotic Resistance

February 2017, the World Health Organization published their first ever list of Supergerm antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. These once easily-treatable infections have been turned into deadly killers because they no longer respond to an ever-growing list of ineffective antibiotics. The critical group includes multidrug-resistant bacteria that pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities. According to the United State Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “Misuse and overuse of antibiotics have contributed to a phenomenon known as antibiotic resistance. This resistance develops...

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