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Hospira Reinforces Importance of Clinical Surveillance Technology in Line With World Health Day Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance
Date:4/7/2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of World Health Day 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on policy makers, providers, the public and the healthcare industry to take action to combat the serious health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  Aligned with these efforts, Hospira (NYSE: HSP) is focusing on the growing importance of clinical surveillance systems to help reduce AMR by helping healthcare providers optimize antibiotic therapy and provide the "right drug for the right bug."

Antimicrobial agents, used to treat infections, are one of the most important advances in medicine, alleviating suffering from infectious diseases and saving countless lives over the past 70 years.(1) According to WHO, the world is at risk of losing this critical arsenal of medicines due to the overuse and misuse of antimicrobials, as well as poor infection-control practices, resulting in the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). These challenges increase antimicrobial use and resistance, and have been linked to patient morbidity and mortality. According to WHO reports, at any given time, approximately 1.7 million people have an HAI, an estimated 60 percent of which are caused by a drug-resistant bacteria.(2)(3)

In the United States, antimicrobial drug resistance is estimated to deliver an incremental cost of $16.6 billion to $26 billion annually.(4) As a result, hospitals are taking steps to address the problem, utilizing clinical surveillance systems to help them identify and prevent HAIs and combat AMR through real-time decision support focused on improving antibiotic use.

Clinical surveillance systems play a key role in the antimicrobial stewardship program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, part
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