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    I am currently writing a piece of coursework on MRSA. My solution for this is to monitor and restrict the use of antibiotics. However I now need to think of ethical, social and economic implications for my solution.

    My ethical implication is that the best antibiotics go to the most ill patients which means that people are judged on how ill they are.

    I am struggling to think of social and economic implications for my solution.
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    I am currently writing a piece of coursework on MRSA. My solution for this is to monitor and restrict the use of antibiotics. However I now need to think of ethical, social and economic implications for my solution.

    My ethical implication is that the best antibiotics go to the most ill patients which means that people are judged on how ill they are.

    I am struggling to think of social and economic implications for my solution.
    Thanks
    Rebecca
    I don't know what you mean by "best" antibiotic...antibiotics may vary in terms of efficacy, but that's not usually the criteria upon which they're first prescribed.

    However, what you could say is that restricting the use of broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. levofloxacin) except in the most necessary of cases would reduce cases of resistance, so that these antibiotics do not lose their potency. Which would be a fair argument.

    Whilst restricting the overuse of antibiotics certainly would help prevent superbug evolution, really the most obvious way to combat MRSA (or indeed any nosocomial infection) is to ensure good hygeine and cleanliness of a) surfaces and b) staff. Make sure you mention this, it's pretty obvious!

    As for social/economic implications...well...ensuring cleanliness and hygeine is more expensive than throwing pills at people, so hospitals would be required to spend more money on this, though you could then argue that it's a good investment since it will cost less than the man hours spent dealing with the infection. I'm sure you can find the relevant figures on the net, try the HPA's website

    Hope this has all helped! Feel free to ask me further questions.
 
 
 
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