SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Mercy Medical Center is one of nine hospitals across the country joining in on a cutting edge medication study.
Mercy will be a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.
It's a nationwide effort for hospitals and pharmacies to continue to understand the importance of avoiding the overuse of antibiotics.
Mercy will collect and submit data about how much antibiotics are used, how often they're used improperly, and how the hospital can diagnose around the use of the drugs.
"The key thing is patient safety, making sure that when a patient comes into the hospital, they get the best outcome, with minimal side effects from antibiotics," Dr. Bertha Ayi, Mercy Medical Center Infection Control Committee Chair said.
Dr. Ayi says the issue isn't that people build up a resistance to antibiotics, but that bacteria build up resistance, meaning the illnesses get harder to cure if antibiotics are overused.
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