Antimicrobial Stewardship: Hot Topics (Category)

*NEW* Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 “Antibiotics: Handle with Care”

Why should I care about antibiotic resistance and overuse?

  • Antibiotic resistance makes antibiotics less effective for everyone!
  • 30–50% of antibiotic use is unnecessary or inappropriate which promotes antibiotic resistance.
  • Without antibiotics, routine surgeries such as hip/knee replacements and c-sections are dangerous or impossible.
  • Antibiotic resistance leads to more toxic and expensive antibiotics used in more people.

What can I do about antibiotic resistance and overuse?

  • Only treat infections caused by bacteria.
  • Don’t treat “just in case”.
  • Treat for the shortest duration with the narrowest spectrum effective antibiotic.
  • Limit antibiotic prophylaxis to the shortest possible duration.

Where can I find more information?