Antibiotic Awareness Week
The upcoming USAAW, scheduled for November 18-24, aims to highlight the significance of responsible antibiotic and antifungal usage while addressing the looming threat of antimicrobial resistance.
To contribute to USAAW, long-term care can play their part by familiarizing themselves with the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Consider these essential points:
- Avoid prescribing antibiotics when they are unnecessary, as this can potentially cause harm.
- In most cases, patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria should not receive antibiotic treatment.
- Antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections, not viral ones such as those responsible for COVID-19.
- Optimizing the use of diagnostic tests is crucial for improving treatment for conditions like sepsis and preventing infection transmission.
- Always ensure you prescribe the correct antibiotic, at the appropriate dose, for the right duration, and at the right time.
- Continuously reassess antibiotic therapy to either discontinue or adjust treatment based on the patient or resident's clinical condition and diagnostic test results, as deemed appropriate.
- Employ the shortest effective duration for antibiotic therapy as a vital strategy in antibiotic stewardship, particularly during care transitions. This presents a significant area for improvement.
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