Dr. Amie Meditz, an infectious disease specialist at BCH, recently chatted
with Denver Channel 7's Nicole Brady about safe antibiotic use.
According to the Center for Disease Control, prescribing the right antibiotic
at the right time, in the right dose, and for the right duration can help
prevent antibiotic resistance, protects patients from unnecessary side
effects and helps ensure these life-saving medicines will be available
for future generations.
Explains Dr. Meditz: "The majority of infections that we experience
in day to day life such as colds, influenza, sore throats, sinus infections,
coughs and bronchitis are mostly due to viruses, so it's actually
a rare instance that you need an antibiotic."
Dr. Meditz also explains that should your doctor determine you need an
antibiotic, it is important to use the most focused antibiotic needed
for your infection so that the potential for bacterial resistance is minimized.
For more information on BCH's program to ensure safe antibiotic use, click
here. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Meditz, call the Beacon Center for
Infectious Diseases at 303-415-8850.