Valerie A. Roe, CNM, MS, is an assistant professor in the midwifery education program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Her ambulatory clinical practice is with MIC Women's Health Services & The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Antibiotic Resistance: A Guide for Effective Prescribing in Women's Health
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
2008 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 53, Issue 3, pages 216–226, May-June 2008
How to Cite
Roe, V. A. (2008), Antibiotic Resistance: A Guide for Effective Prescribing in Women's Health. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 53: 216–226. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2008.01.003
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
- antibiotic resistance;
- infectious disease
Current national and international trends in antibiotic resistance are becoming a public health crisis. Multi-drug resistant organisms are more prevalent in hospital settings and, alarmingly, are now being identified in the community. Over-reliance on broad-spectrum antibiotics, as well as inappropriate prescribing practices, play a significant role in encouraging the emergence of resistant organisms. This article reviews the mechanisms of bacterial resistance, current trends in national and international antibiotic resistance, and examines approaches to combat pathogens while sparing benign microbes.