Special Issue "Hospital Acquired Infections, Multidrug Resistant (MDR) Bacteria, Alternative Approaches to Antibiotic Therapy"
A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: antibiotic resistance;molecular biology; hospital infections;natural compounds
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Resistance to known and currently used antibiotics represents a growing issue worldwide. It poses a major problem in the treatment of infectious diseases in general and hospital-acquired infections in particular. This is in part due to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in past decades, which led to the selection of highly resistant bacteria and even so-called superbugs – multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. Nosocomial infections, particularly, are often caused by MDR bacterial pathogens and the treatment of such infections is very complicated and extensive, often leading to various side effects. Even though MDR bacteria are widespread globally, their epidemiology varies by region. Hospital-acquired infections caused by MDR bacteria remain an unresolved problem in the healthcare system. A very important part of the overall therapeutic approach is the microbiological examination of adequate clinical materials, in particular blood culture tests. The obtained results allow targeted antibiotic therapy based on the identification of bacterial pathogens and the determination of their susceptibility/resistance to antibiotics. Molecular genetic methods are an integral part of solving the problem of bacterial resistance. Only adequately selected molecular typing methods may confirm or rule out epidemiologically related cases. If a new outbreak or merely increased rate of MDR bacteria is reasonably suspected, the clonal relationship of strains needs to be analyzed to reveal the source or route of transmission.
At the same time, the development of novel antibiotics is lagging with very few new ones in the pipeline. Finding viable alternatives to treat such infections may help to overcome these therapeutic issues.
This Special Issue will publish papers exploring developments in the field of bacterial resistance, mainly in the hospital settings, adequate antibiotic therapy, and identification of compounds useful to battle this growing issue.
Prof. Dr. Pavel Bostik
Prof. Dr. Milan Kolar
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Multidrug resistant bacteria
- Molecular typing
- Hospital acquired infections
- Antibiotic therapy
- Antibiotic compounds