Bacterial infections have become a part of our everyday lives. And that is precisely why, as a society, we are thankful for antibiotics.
In some cases a combination of multiple antibiotics can be used to treat multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. As antibiotic resistance has increased, doctors’ ability to use oral antibiotics to treat infections has declined. Intravenous antibiotics are used for infections resistant to oral antibiotics or for infections requiring high doses of antibiotics that cannot be taken orally.
Conditions that generally would not require IV antibiotics now often do. It has been estimated hundreds of thousands receive outpatient IV antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.