The on-going annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a WHO initiative to put antibiotic resistance (AMR) in the spotlight and increase awareness. It also aims to encourage best practices to avoid the further emergence and spread of AMR. Now everyone can learn more trough an interactive game developed by the WHO.
Our time with antibiotics is running out. Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as a cornerstone of modern medicine. However, persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics have led to the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria develop resistance to the drugs used to treat them.
According to the WHO, preventing infections is an effective way of reducing the use of antibiotics, and limiting the spread of antibiotic resistance. They estimate that prevention and control reduce healthcare associated infections with at least 30%. Infection protection is therefore one of the cornerstone of safe, effective high-quality health care. Every infection prevented is an antibiotic treatment avoided.
Learn more about antibiotics and how we can all contribute to safekeeping it by playing the interactive WHO game2: Anibiotics – handle with care
Bactiguards products prevent infection, and hence the need for antibiotics. A clinical study with 853 patients, performed by Lederer et al.3, showed a decrease in antibiotic use with 60 % after the Bactiguard coated catheters were introduced due to less infections. Read more about Bactiguard’s infection prevention solutions: www.bactiguard.com
1. World Health Organization. (2016). The critical role of infection prevention and control. WHO/HIS/SDS/2016.10
3. Lederer JW et al, J WOCN 2014; 41(5):1–8