7 Nov 2014 | Infection Prevention & Control
During International Antibiotic Awareness Week (17-23 November 2014) the Health Quality & Safety Commission is joining colleagues in Australia, the UK, Canada, the US and European countries in raising awareness of the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).On European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2014) the Commission will be participating in an international global twitter feed led by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to highlight the impact of AMR and the ways in which we can work together to reduce the threat of resistance and ensure the appropriate use of existing antibiotics.
During the week the Commission will have information about Antibiotic Awareness Week 2014 on its website with links to local and international resources and information aimed at raising awareness of AMR among health providers, health consumers and the general public. These resources will includes short videos, posters, leaflets, links to community prescribing guidelines, and literature on this topic.
Ever since antibiotics were first used in the early 1940s, the potential for resistance has been recognised. Few new antibiotics have been developed in the past decade and treatment options for multi-resistant infections are diminishing. Patients with infections caused by bacteria resistant to a specific antibiotic have an increased risk of worse clinical outcomes and death, making action on AMR an urgent global priority.
Working in partnership with health consumers to create wider awareness and collaboration on ‘preserving the miracle’ is an important focus of the week.
The resources on the Commission’s website will include patient stories from the ECDC, as well as short patient-focused videos developed by NPS MedicineWise Australia that encourage engagement with consumers as well as health care workers. These include an educational video on antibiotic resistance called ‘Preserve the Miracle’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtDimpkVtuA.