Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Published October 16, 2018 at 18:24

Infections that cannot be treated continue to develop, and the rapid spread of multi-drug resistant organisms means that we can no longer prevent or treat everyday infections or diseases with antibiotics. Many existing antimicrobials are becoming less effective as bacteria, viruses and fungi are adapting and becoming resistant to medicines. Inappropriate use of these valuable medicines has also added to the problem.

Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high risk procedures if serious infections can’t be treated.

Core principles for healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals should:

  • know the needs of individuals, communities and population and the services available
  • think about the resources available in health and wellbeing systems
  • understand specific activities which can prevent, protect, and promote

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Utilise the MECC approach discuss when and why Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent some types of bacterial infection.  Highlight that the don’t work for viral infections such as colds and flu, and most coughs and sore throats.

All Our Health

Provides comprehensive information on what Healthcare professionals should provide in terms of information around AMR, advice and support around interventions at a community, family and individual level.