Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s and their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and profoundly impacted everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.
This vignette profiles the efforts of a group of dedicated nurses and environmental services staff who were able to make profound changes in the infection control policies and effectiveness at a medium-sized regional medical center in central New Jersey.
During filming of Resistance all three of my children developed ear infections at the same time. Everything I'd just learned making the film suddenly made what had once been an easy decision very difficult.