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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-10

Multidrug resistance in bacteria: A serious patient safety challenge for India

1 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, New Delhi, India
2 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Purva Mathur
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2727.115898

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Patient safety is an important issue affecting the delivery of health care in developed, transitional and developing countries. With the advancements in patient care, hitherto unknown issues relating to patient safety are emerging. An important problem endangering patient safety is infections acquired in the health care facilities. Health care associated infections (HCAIs) are no longer a local or regional problem. With the dissemination of multi-drug resistant bacteria across the globe, the problem of HCAIs has become even grimmer. The emergence of pan-resistant bacterial strains, compounded by lack of availability of new antimicrobials foretells a grave future for management of infections acquired in hospitals. Therefore, it is important to frame local policies and measures and take affirmative actions for prevention of HCAIs and reduce the burden of multi drug resistance.

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