Antimicrobial Resistance Poses Grave ThreatMain Category: Pharmacy / Pharmacist
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Article Date: 11 Mar 2013
The topic of antimicrobial resistance needs to be addressed - in 20 years it could result in death following minor surgery - according to the annual report by the Chief Medical Officer in the England.
The warning comes as a part of the report giving an extensive overview of the antimicrobial resistance threat and infectious diseases.
The report calls for politicians to treat this danger as seriously as MRSA and it emphasizes that few antibiotics have been developed in the last two decades.
Over the past 30 years, each year a new infectious disease has been found. Recently, few antibiotics have been developed, threatening people's defenses as diseases progress and become resistant to drugs that are in use.
Additionally, the report encourages the development of new drugs as well as monitoring the current antibiotics. This implies better hygiene practices to reduce the incidence of infections, as well as making sure that antibiotics are only prescribed when absolutely necessary.
The Chief Medical Officer points out that more work is needed to address the next generation of healthcare-associated infections, such as pneumonia-causing klebsiella - that could be more difficult to treat.
Some of the recommendations the report made include:
"Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat. If we don't act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can't be treated by antibiotics. And routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection. That's why governments and organizations across the world, including the World Health Organization and G8, need to take this seriously.
The Department of Health will soon release the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and will aim to:
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, talks about infections and antimicrobial resistance
Written by Kelly Fitzgerald
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