Antibiotic Stewardship as Important as Ever

Think about this: Drug-resistant bacteria cause more disability than road injury.

  • Methicillin-resistance S. aureus is the leading pathogen that causes AMR-related death.
  • Bone and joint infections represent a small proportion of disability attributable to AMR, but all physicians are responsible for antibiotic stewardship.
  • Countries that face low access to antibiotics should focus on prevention, while countries with widespread access may achieve the largest gains by emphasizing antimicrobial stewardship.


Antimicrobial Resistance Collaborators. The Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Americas in 2019: A Cross-country systematic analysis. Lancet. 2023;25:100561.

Pan American Health Organization. Leading Causes of Death, and Disability. Accessed September 21, 2023.