AAW to raise awareness of important issue

AAW

St John of God Murdoch Hospital celebrated Antibiotic Awareness Week in November to raise awareness of the importance of ensuring antibiotics are used only when appropriate.

EPIC Pharmacy Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist Anthony Fico says the development of antibiotics was one of the most important advances in medicine but because of their overuse and misuse, bacterial infections that were once easily cured with antibiotics are becoming harder to treat.

“Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today, rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world,” Mr Fico says.

“It is compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and putting people everywhere at risk.”

One of the main causes of antibiotic resistance is antibiotics being used when they are not needed e.g. to treat a common cold, the flu or other simple viral illnesses. Some types of bacteria, known as superbugs, have become resistant to many different antibiotic treatments. Infections caused by superbugs are more difficult to treat and have a higher risk of complications.

“St John of God Murdoch Hospital is committed to the fight against antibiotic resistance, ensuring that the right type and dose of antibiotic is used for each patient,” Mr Fico says.

“Antibiotics are a precious resource we cannot continue to take for granted—we need to use them with care.”

 

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