Medicine

World Antibiotic Awareness Week Kicks Off

World Antibiotic Awareness Week Kicks Off

This week is the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s World Antibiotics Awareness Week which aims to raise awareness of the problem.

The National Chicken Council also took issue with the World Health Organization news release - particularly the claim that "80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals", which an NCC spokesperson called "grossly inflated".

Correct use of antibiotics is part the Australian Government's National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy which focuses on measures to prevent antibiotic resistance and decrease inappropriate use of antibiotics across all sectors. This year's theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

He said there are at least three ways people misuse antibiotics.

"Scientific evidence demonstrates that overuse of antibiotics in animals can contribute to the emergence of antibiotic resistance", says Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, Director of the Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses at WHO. But it's also about giving them some practical advice that will help them, or their child, feel better - getting good rest, ensuring adequate fluid intake, and advising on proper pain relief. "Antimicrobial veterinary medicines are a crucial tool for animal health and welfare and safe food production, but they are by no means the only tool".

As the Chief Medical Officer and experts around the world warn of a "post-antibiotic apocalypse" and "the end of modern medicine", Public Health England launches a drive in Cumbria to help "Keep Antibiotics Working".

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Chris Little is the infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at Capital Coast District Health Board.

"By cycling the breakers, it may be possible to extend the useful life of antibiotics".

"We have patients undergoing surgery, and chemotherapy, and their immune systems are weakened". People can hand in their unused or out of date antibiotics at any of the Trust's Lloyds outpatient pharmacies based at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and Hammersmith Hospital in Acton, until Wednesday 1 December.

Stegelmeier said as he and his fellow students participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week, he hopes students will become informed of proper antibiotic use.

"Nurses have an integral part to play".

Taking antibiotics when they are not needed or worse, taking the wrong antibiotic reduces their effectiveness.


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