Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria: The Emerging Crisis

  • Daniel Livorsi
  • Edward Stenehjem
  • Robert Gaynes
Part of the Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century book series (EIDC)


Over the past 50 years, significant advances in drug development, surgical techniques, medical therapy, and device manufacturing have propelled the field of medicine to new heights. Organ transplantation is more common and successful than ever; patients with HIV are able to maintain stable immune function with one pill a day; critical care monitoring has never been so advanced; and chronic medical conditions are treated effectively with a wide variety of medical options. Managing complex patients like these would be nearly impossible without the use of effective antimicrobial therapy to treat inevitable infections. These advancements, however, are actively being threatened by an increase in multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Without urgent action and increased education, MDROs have the potential to reverse decades of medical innovation.


Antibiotic Resistance Active Surveillance Hand Hygiene Stewardship Program Vancomycin Resistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Livorsi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Edward Stenehjem
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert Gaynes
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of MedicineEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Atlanta VA Medical CenterAtlantaUSA

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