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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012
Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. This trend demands urgent action by patients, healthcare providers, facility administrators and health care insurers to preserve the last lines of defense against many of these germs. In conjunction with Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (November 12-18), CDC and partners will release new data on Americans’ knowledge of antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use, and a policy statement highlighting strategies to conserve and replenish our antibiotic resources.
What You Can Do
- Patients can take antibiotics exactly as the doctor prescribes, complete the prescribed course of treatment even when starting to feel better, and ask what treatment would be best for their illness instead of demanding antibiotics from their doctor, if not needed.
- Healthcare providers can prescribe correctly; collaborate with other providers and patients; stop, and assess, and embrace antibiotic stewardship.
- Healthcare facility administrators and payers can focus on reducing unnecessary antibiotic use, which can reduce antibiotic-resistant infections such as Clostridium difficile infections, along with decreasing costs. This can improve patients outcomes.
“The threat of untreatable infections is real. Although previously unthinkable, the day when antibiotics don’t work is upon us. We are already seeing germs that are stronger than any antibiotics we have to treat them.
- Arjun Srinivasan, MD, Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“We need antibiotics to combat life-threatening bacterial infections, and overuse of these drugs promotes resistance and reduces their effectiveness.”
- Lauri Hicks, DO, Medical Epidemiologist and Director of Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, Respiratory Diseases Branch, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Most Americans understand when and how to use antibiotics properly and are aware that resistance is an emerging threat, but superbugs are evolving faster than we can come up with new drugs to fight them.”
- Allan Coukell, Director of Medical Programs for the Pew Health Group
“Antibiotics are common global resources and their effectiveness is a "global public good" that is depleted with every use. Each of us has a responsibility to preserve antibiotic effectiveness for the greater good. Fortunately, we know how to both be good stewards and derive great benefits from antibiotics. We can and must do better.”
- Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)
“Pediatricians see many upper respiratory infections and sore throats in our offices each year, most of which are caused by viruses and don’t require antibiotic treatment. AAP supports efforts to use antibiotics judiciously to preserve treatment options. We encourage pediatricians to talk to parents about appropriate treatment options.”
- Thomas McInerny, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
“It’s time to hold ourselves accountable for careless use of antibiotics – a fragile and imperiled global health resource. We already are faced with bacteria that are resistant to all available antibiotics, and the situation will only get worse without serious stewardship and highly reliable measures to prevent transmission.”
- Don Goldmann, MD, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
CDC Announces Release of Important Policy Statement and National Polling Results on Antibiotic Resistance
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 12-18, 2012
View this advisory for a schedule of events
Telebriefing: Tuesday, November 13 at 10 a.m. ET
CDC and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), in collaboration with more than a dozen of the nation’s leading health care organizations, will host a telephone-only media availability to unveil the details of an unprecedented joint partnership to fight against antibiotic resistance. Click here for more details.
- Telebriefing: Tuesday, November 13 at 11:15 a.m. ET
The Pew Health Group, in collaboration with CDC, has conducted a survey to gauge Americans’ understanding of proper antibiotic use and drug resistance as part of CDC’s “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” The organizations will host an online briefing to discuss the results. Click here for more details [the password is Pew2012 and is case sensitive].
- Joint Statement on Antibiotic Resistance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 25 National Health Organizations
- Americans’ Knowledge Of And Attitudes Toward Antibiotic Resistance
- MMWR Announcement
- Get Smart About Antibiotics Week
- Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Partners
- Fact sheets:
- View all 6 Get Smart Week fact sheets at once
- Antibiotics: Will they work when you really need them? (Consumers)
- Delivering safe care for patients: all healthcare providers play a role (Healthcare Providers)
- Antibiotic stewardship – the ultimate return on investment (Hospital Administrators)
- Preserving antibiotics for the future (Policy Makers)
- Resistance anywhere is resistance everywhere (Global Health Officials)
- Print ads
- E-tools (e-cards, podcasts, buttons, etc.)
- Print materials
- Media tools (feature story, PSAs, past releases)
- Basic Information about Antibiotic Resistance
- Tips for Symptom Relief
- Get Smart for Healthcare program (audience: healthcare providers, clinicians)
- Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program (audience: consumers, parents, clinicians, pharmacists)
- CDC en Español
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- Antibiotic Resistance - Arjun Srinivasan, MD
Audio | Transcript
- Antibiotic Resistance - Lauri Hicks, DO
Audio | Transcript
- Antibiotics: One of the Greatest Discoveries of the 20th Century
- Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
- A Cup of Health with CDC (2011). "Antibiotic Overuse"
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