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Significant bacterial infection can be cured with judicious and expedient use of appropriate antimicrobial agents, notably antibiotics.
However, repetitive short-term exposure to antibiotics and random mutation of bacteria have resulted in resistant bacterial organisms, with few options for cure.
The long-term consequences of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is increased morbidity and mortality and increased healthcare costs. To mitigate these outcomes, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has implemented requirements regarding proper antibiotic use. The centers also are scrutinizing healthcare organizations based on new requirements focusing on resistant infections that initially occur in the hospital setting.