Recent Examples of carbapenem from the Web
That outbreak was caused by a strain of Klebsiella resistant to a major class of antibiotics called carbapenems.
Some bacteria have recently developed a resistance even to carbapenems, and there is little else doctors can do once someone is exposed to them.
Among patients in hospitals and health care settings, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae — or CRE infections — were drug resistant.
Preventing that from happening requires being very careful about using colistin, as well as the carbapenems in the case of NDM.
The same E. coli strain also possessed a second gene that confers resistance to carbapenems, the second most crucial category of last-resort antibiotics.
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Medical Definition of carbapenem
: any of a class of broad-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotics (such as imipenem) having a five-membered ring system similar to the penicillins but containing a carbon atom instead of a sulfur atom It rendered the Klebsiella, which was already resistant to many antibiotics used in critical care medicine, insensitive to the only remaining group that worked reliably and safely—the carbapenems, the so-called drugs of last resort.—Maryn McKenna, Scientific American, April 2011
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