Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause 25% of HAIs: 5 statistics

Antibiotic resistance is rapidly increasing with some antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing nearly 25 percent of healthcare-acquired infections, according to Medscape.

The Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas looked at data on HAIs' relation to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in more than 4,000 U.S. healthcare facilities from 2011 to 2014.

Here are five statistics:

1. Community-associated Staphylococcus aureus caused 31 percent of HAIs.

2. The Atlas noted the percent of MRSA and additional antibiotics commonly used to treat MRSA rarely caused HAIs in the facilities studied.

3. The percent of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae causing HAIs ranged between 0 percent and 27.9 percent. CRS had a higher percent resistance in many Northwest states and then varied throughout the country.

4. The percent of E coli resistant to fluoroquinolones causing HAIs ranged between 12.1 percent and 50.5 percent.

5. The percent of P aeruginosa resistant to piperacillin/tazobactam causing HAIs ranged between 0 percent and 41.7 percent.

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