Combating antibiotic resistance: One step ahead through technology -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Combating antibiotic resistance: One step ahead through technology

01.08.2019

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One reason for the increased emergence of antibiotic resistances is the faulty use of antibiotics by patients.

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Modern test procedures provide a faster way to detect antibiotic resistance

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Phenotypic resistance testing examines if bacterial cultures are able to grow in the presence of an antibiotic. This process takes a long time though.

An arsenal of measures to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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Large areas in hospitals, like walls or floors, could be outfittted with antibacterial surfaces in the future. This could partly save the work involved in cleaning and disinfection.

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