European Antibiotic Awareness Week - 14th to 18th November 2016
With antibiotic resistance now one of the biggest threats facing us today, staff at Salisbury District Hospital will be encouraging colleagues and patients to think carefully about their use of antibiotics as part of Antibiotic Awareness Week (14 to 18 November 2016).
This year members of the Antimicrobial Stewardship team, consultants and pharmacy staff will tour the wards wearing ‘Antibiotic Guardian’ T-shirts, carrying out audits of antibiotic prescribing and reminding staff of best practice in this area. They will be taking with them a trolley full of educational resources to distribute and encouraging colleagues to pledge to be ‘Antibiotic Guardians’.
The Antibiotic Guardian campaign invites members of the public, health professionals and student educators to choose one simple pledge about how they will make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete. Pledges can be completed online at: http://antibioticguardian.com/
Emma Taylor, Antibiotic Lead Pharmacist at Salisbury District Hospital said: “Many are predicting that by 2050, the death toll could be one person every three seconds if antimicrobial resistance is not tackled now. Antibiotics are important medicines for treating bacterial infections. However, bacteria can adapt and ﬁnd ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic.”
“Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate and the more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance bacteria will become resistant to them and they can no longer be used to treat infections. This issue is further compounded by the fact that there are very few new antibiotics in development, making it even more important that we use our existing antibiotics wisely.”