Read this interesting Blog from Public Health England
4 January, 2018
BHUK is increasingly aware of the work being done to reduce the need for antibiotics by research into better precention and control.
Read all of this interesting Blog distributed by Public Health England to get a better understanding of why this is important.
Here are the first few paragraphs....
Welcome to the latest edition of PHE’s Health Matters, a resource for local authorities and health professionals, which for this edition focuses on preventing infections and reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Preventing infections from occurring in the first place is one of the best ways to prevent AMR. Antimicrobial resistance can be developed in bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that cause infection, making them resistant to treatment. Every infection prevented reduces the need for and use of antimicrobials, which in turn lessens the potential for development of resistance.
Antibiotics are by far the most widely prescribed antimicrobial agent. Unlike many other drugs used in medicine, the more we use antibiotics the less effective they become against their target organisms. With antibiotics, overuse or inappropriate use allows bacteria to develop resistance which can lead to infections that are increasingly difficult to treat.
A failure to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance could result in:
- An estimated 10 million deaths every year globally by 2050.
- A cost of £66 trillion in lost productivity to the global economy.
Currently in the UK, the greatest and increasing threat from drug resistant organisms is from Gram-negative bacteria. Gram-negative organisms normally live in healthy individuals but can also cause significant illness and death in some instances. They can cause focal infections in many organ systems but are particularly dangerous when they infect the blood and cause sepsis, a potentially catastrophic systemic infection