World Antibiotics Week: 16-22 November 2015
Why have a World Antibiotics Week? Well, put simply, as highlighted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today. WHO is leading a global campaign ‘Antibiotics: Handle with Care‘ calling on individuals, governments, health and argiculture professionals to take action to address this urgent problem. What could you do?
First of all, as a (future) healthcare professional you need to be aware of the dangers of antibiotic resistance and be able to help your patients when they ask your advice as regards the use of antibiotics. Check out an excellent blog from Evidently Cochrane that suggests that shared decision making between doctors and patients is one way that unneccessary antibiotic prescribing might be achieved. Secondly, as a potential patient yourself seeking treatment in future, be prepared that in some instances not prescribing antibiotics may be the best option.