Joining the fight to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasingly serious threat to global public health. Therefore, Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting a South East London antimicrobial stewardship awareness campaign to promote awareness among healthcare professionals and the public. This campaign supports the UK five year antimicrobial resistance strategy 2013 to 2018 and the United Nations declaration on AMR.

This week is World Antibiotics Awareness week. Our ambition is to improve understanding of AMR, improve and measure the use of antimicrobials to achieve the best clinical outcomes, minimise toxicity and adverse events, reduce the costs of healthcare. and reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

The problem

Antibiotics treat infection by killing bacteria, but bacteria is fighting back and becoming resistant to antibiotics. AMR threatens our ability to treat common infectious diseases, in extreme cases resulting in death and disability.

Did you know that 25,000 people die each year in Europe from infections resistant to antibiotics? Without effective antimicrobial treatment, many standard medical treatments will fail or turn into very high risk procedures.

The causes

  • Requesting and taking antibiotics that are not needed (antibiotics do not work on colds, most coughs and sore throats)
  • Taking antibiotics incorrectly (such as missing doses or not completing the course prescribed).

The solution

We invite you to join NHS Bromley CCG in response to this important global AMR agenda. Everyone has an important role in supporting and improving antimicrobial stewardship, and understanding the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance and how to tackle it.

Let’s join in the fight against AMR and to ensure continued access to life-saving antibiotics.

Everyone can become an Antibiotic Guardian today!

Members of the public, families and healthcare professionals can all sign up to become an Antibiotic Guardian by clicking here.

What else can you do?

 

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