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Highly Accessed Editorial

The Barcelona Declaration from the World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance: engagement of intensivists

Jean M Carlet1*, Antonio Artigas2, Michael S Niederman3, Antoni Torres4 and on behalf of World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance

Author Affiliations

1 Intensive care specialist, Consultant, 9 rue de la Terrasse, Creteil 94000, France

2 Director of Critical Care Center, Sabadell Hospital, Corporació Sanitaria Universitaria Parc Tauli, Professor of Applied Physiology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

3 Chairman, Department of Medicine, Winthrop-University Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Vice-Chairman, Department of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook, 222 Station Plaza N., Suite 509, Mineola, NY 11501, USA

4 Pneumology Department, Clinic Institute of Thorax (ICT), Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Insitut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), University of Barcelona (UB), Spain

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Critical Care 2012, 16:145  doi:10.1186/cc11427

Published: 3 August 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Resistance to antibiotics is increasing dangerously worldwide [1]. Our very last line of therapy, carbapenems, is nowadays often needed to treat community-acquired infections. As a result, resistance to this class will increase very quickly, leaving us with almost no useful drugs against multi-resistant bacteria.