Infections and their treatment in older people
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Infections and their treatment in older people

Maggi Banning Principal lecturer in advanced nursing practice, Department of Adult Nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University College, School of Health adn Social Sciences. Middlesex University

Bacteria are robust micro-organisms that can survive even in the presence of antibiotics. This has led to problems treating bacterial infections. Bacteria are the most common cause of infection and Streptococcus pneumoniae is one such infection. This bacterium causes community-acquired pneumonia in older people and, though immunisation is available, older people continue to die from pneumococcal pneumonia. Penicillin continues to be used as the main method of treatment against Streptococcus pneumoniae but antibiotic resistance is increasing

Nursing Older People. 17, 2, 25-29. doi: 10.7748/nop2005.04.17.2.25.c2366