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Posted 12/5/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Hospital Antibiograms and Resistance Rates

Drs. Tareq Al-Salamah, Haney Mallemat, Michael Witting, Mike Winters, and Bryan Hayes, in collaboration with Drs. Michelle Hines and Emily L. Heil from the School of Pharmacy and Dr. J. Kristie Johnson from the Department of Pathology, published an article in the December issue of the Journal of Emergency Medicine, titled “Resistance Patterns of Escherichia coli in Women with Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection Do Not Correlate with Institutional Antibiogram.” Based on culture results from otherwise healthy women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections treated in UMMC’s emergency department, the authors suspect that hospital antibiograms overestimate E. coli resistance rates for several antibiotics. The abstract is available at