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By Patrick Lynch

A virulent micro organism proof against all recognized antibiotics is killing off sufferers in a l. a. health facility trauma unit. while a unit doctor's teenage daughter is by surprise afflicted with the an infection, he reveals himself racing opposed to time to seek down Omega--an antibiotic inaccessible to the general public yet rumored to struggle the plague--and conflict a wellbeing and fitness care method decided to withhold the drug which may store numerous lives.

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She had been brought in to tackle what the county considered to be elevated mortality levels due to nosocomial infection— infections caught by patients inside the hospital and to a degree encouraged by hospital conditions. The year Dr. Patou joined the Willowbrook, there had been an outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus on the neonatal ward in which four infants had been infected, one fatally. The staph bacteria in question proved resistant to treatment with penicillins, but had responded to high doses of cephalosporin.

For them, hearing about South Central and its problems was like being told about another famine in Africa as you sat down to your evening meal. You felt guilty, not because you were responsible, but because you knew damn well you weren't going to do anything about it. He avoided Lucy Patou's eye as he moved on to the incidents of drug-resistant infection he had witnessed during the last year: first the Enterococcus and then Streptococcus pneumoniae. This was her field, and the certainty that she was keeping track of his every word made it harder for him, but he described each case in detail: the progress of symptoms, the tests carried out, the treatments attempted.

This conference is about priorities for medical R and D, and you've asked me to give you the view from the intensive care unit. Well, for the R and D, priority is to change the way these drugs are handled. Yes, I want to see more resources put into health care—what surgeon doesn't? I want to see more independent information made available about drug-resistant infections, so that at least we know what to expect. But most of all I want to see much closer control of how and where antibiotics are used.

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