Culberson County Fights Back Against Superbugs

CULBERSON COUNTY, TX (Ben Caxton) — Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, widespread, long-term use has led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that causes two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. To help combat the problem locally Culberson Hospital and Van Horn Rural Health Clinic are teaming up in a Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute initiative that aims to decrease the use of antibiotics in cases where they may not absolutely be necessary. Chief Nursing Officer, RN Mehdy Osorio told the Van Horn Advocate that members of the hospital emergency room and clinic staff will work to develop new antibiotic prescription policies, and then review their effectiveness and make modifications, as needed. The goals of the 22-month project she says are to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, improve patient outcomes and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

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