A Growing Bacterial Resistance
Bacterial infections, the growth of mold and fungi are typically subjects which cause people concern. Due to an overuse and misuse of antibiotics over the years, antibiotic resistance grows, the antibiotics used to treat infections do not work as well or at all. The loss of effective antibiotic treatments will not only cripple the ability to fight routine infectious diseases but will also undermine treatment of infectious complications in patients with other diseases.
Many of the advances in medical treatment—joint replacements, organ transplants, cancer therapy, and treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis—are dependent on the ability to fight infections with antibiotics. If that ability is lost, the ability to safely offer people many life-saving and life-improving modern medical advantages will be lost with it.
The next 20 years will see a significant growth our world’s elderly population. This segment requires the greatest number of operations, typically lives in shared accommodation, have weaker immune systems and are generally more susceptible to hospital acquired infections (HAI’s). The demand for quality antimicrobial medical products is poised to grow significantly.