If you are treated at a New York hospital, it is likely that you will be prescribed an antibiotic, regardless of the reason for which you are seeking treatment. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of all patients take antibiotics at some point during their hospital stay.
Of course, many of these antibiotics are vitally important to patients’ health. But many are prescribed unnecessarily, and that overprescription may be doing more harm than good. Specifically, the CDC says that unnecessary and improper antibiotic use may be contributing to the recent influx of drug-resistant “superbugs.” By sickening people with infections that are resistant to antibiotics, these superbugs can cause significant harm to vulnerable patients.