The benefits of antibiotics are well known, but the risks are not. In this video, Christian Lillis, son of Peggy Lillis, shares his personal story of losing his mother to an Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile) caused by antibiotic use. Each year, more than 2 million people in the United States get infections from germs that are resistant to antibiotics – and at least 23,000 people die as a result. C. difficile infections – which can occur after using antibiotics – kill at least another 15,000 Americans a year. Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and lack of infection control actions can contribute to drug resistance and put patients at risk for deadly diarrhea (caused by C. difficile).
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