Perhaps, ladies and gents, we have been thinking about this all wrong.
Have we been carpet-bombing wounds when we really should be winning microbiologic hearts and minds? Instead of ordering antibiotics and dressings to “Clear” wounds shouldn’t we consider “Clear, Hold and Build?”.
We’re already doing it for C. difficile collitis (fecal transplant), etc.
I think when we look back on this era of antimicrobial therapy (and, more importantly, on this era of microbial detection), we will wax nostalgically about how little we knew about our miniature fellow travelers (good and bad).
Please see this New Scientist post that makes a case for drinking water.