It’s Get Smart week. Just to be clear, it might not be the ‘Get Smart’ you’re thinking about. And if it’s not – well….sorry about that, Chief.
This is ‘Get Smart about antibiotics week‘ and it’s designed to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. The overarching concern, according to experts, is that the overuse of antibiotics increases the development of drug resistant germs.
The news is discouraging. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports that the incidence of highly drug-resistant bacteria is increasing, at the same time that use of the small number of drugs that can cure them is rising. And the WHO says a 12-country survey shows that large numbers of people still don’t understand how antibiotic resistance arises, and are doing things that make it worse.
The video below is from CBS News and it talks about the widespread misconceptions surrounding antibiotic resistance. Click here or on the video to watch.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year and at least 23,000 people die from those infections.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) is partnering with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to call attention to the importance of Get Smart about antibiotics week. The ADHS has put together a toolkit of information and resources that focuses on healthcare associated infections (HAI) and antibiotic resistance.
Share your thoughts on how we can continue to find new ways to battle what the World Health Organization is calling a “global health crisis.” Even Max and Agent 99 would tell you, working together to find new ideas is nothing to be “sorry about.”