The Threat of Neonates

More births in health care facilities in low- and middle- income countries translates to a reduced risk of sepsis to neonates and overall gains in child survival. But poor-quality facilities face grave risks from antimicrobial resistance, write Ramanan Laxminarayan and Zulfiqar A. Bhutta.

Commenting on a study in the Lancet Global Health highlighting the serious risk associated with neonatal sepsis and resistance in health-care facilities in Delhi, the authors highlight the heavy use of carbapenems (antibiotics designed for use against infections known or suspected to be caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria) as a first-line therapy for sepsis or presumed sepsis. They emphasize the importance of early detection and appropriate prescribing practices in managing the threat.

The Lancet Global Health

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