More than 20,000 deaths in the United Sates were attributed specifically to Staph infections in 2018, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With resistance to antibiotics being a constant threat—especially in urgent care, where patients are more likely to turn when they wake up with a sore throat—the Urgent Care Association jumped on this issue by forging partnerships to spread awareness of the dangers and educate both clinicians and the public on ways to limit those dangers. The fact remains, though, that Staph infections are unavoidable. As such, having antibiotics that will work in the arsenal is essential to saving lives. JUCM is doing its part to educate the urgent care community, as well. For one example of how, read Stopping the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance: An Urgent Care Imperative.
More Incentive to Curb Overprescribing: Nearly 20,000 U.S. Deaths Due to Staph Last Year