Staff and students in the empire are encouraged to deliver unused antibiotics as part of their annual release.
Researchers from the Clinical Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance will organize drop-off sessions at South Kensington and Hammersmith campus as part of the World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
Staff and students are invited by HPRU to discontinue undesirable antibiotics every day at the booths, along with drugs found in the Health Care Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team.
The weekly event will be organized on Monday (November 12th) to increase understanding of the rise of bacterial infections that no longer respond to antibiotic treatment as part of the World Health Organization's World Antibiotic Awareness Week campaign.
Maxine Myers was captured by HPRU Chief Operating Officer Juliet Allibone for Health Care Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance to learn more about activities and plans for the World Antibiotic Awareness week.
1) Could you tell me about antibiotic release?
Three years ago there was an idea about the amnesty. One of the aims of the event is to start a conversation about why people need to change their behavior and attitudes towards antibiotics. Antibiotics are not an endless panacea for all diseases – they never work against viruses and use them improperly to use antibiotic resistance and lead to infections that are resistant to untreated drugs.
2) Why is this initiative so important?
Unless action is taken, antibiotic resistance is estimated to be 10 million deaths worldwide by 2050. This is more than the current number of deaths from cancer.
Drug-resistant infections caused by inappropriate prescribing and inappropriate use of antibiotics have shown that the infections we have previously treated, such as tuberculosis, have reappeared. In addition, other bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, It is resistant to various types, including the last resort, not just a kind of antibiotic. This means that people are beginning to die from minor injuries or infections that we can treat as skin infections before routine surgery.
3) How successful have past campaigns been?
Every year, we have seen an increase in the number of antibiotics delivered and the number of people trying to protect antibiotics by signing the UK Antibiotic Guardian Campaign.
Last year, 290 tablets or capsules were given during a series of antibiotics, including co-amoxyclav, erythromycin, ciprofloxacin and pyrazinamide. More than 300 people in the college have registered to become antibiotics.
4) Do you think that messages about using antibiotics are in resonance with the public?
I think a lot of people think that because they accept antibiotics instead of treating them with respect.
Antibiotics are a valuable resource for the effectiveness of other modern medical procedures, such as cancer medicine, routine life-saving operations such as cesarean section and hip replacement.
I think scientists will invent a new antibiotic to solve their resistance somehow. Resistance is a natural phenomenon, so even if we invent a new antibiotic, bacteria will still be resistant to this, and the time interval between a new antibiotic and the observed resistance is shorter and shorter.
5) What can people do to stop antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotic resistance is something like climate change – a huge problem worldwide, caused by a number of factors related to modern life – like giving our food, antibiotics to animals when they don't need it, the way we produce it, the environment and our expectations for our own health and well-being. Some of my suggestions:
- If prescribed antibiotics are present, be sure to follow the instructions and take them for medical advice and then never share or store them.
- Do not take antibiotics online or abroad, take them back home. Fake antibiotics are a real problem, and every time you use a drug from a suspicious source, it is not very effective and causes the development of resistant bacteria.
- Apply good hand hygiene. Washing your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds will prevent the spread of bacteria and non-resistant ones.
6) What other activities will you perform as part of the antibiotic awareness week?
To demonstrate the phenomenon of resistance in the phenomenon of resistance, we will have a video game called a antibiotic arms race i and invite all schools in Hammersmith, Acton and Chiswick to use one of their hand hygiene classes. or the evolution and resistance of bacteria.
College members also have antimicrobial resistance (AMR) / infectious disease games and the World Changing Mold & # 39; The family-friendly activities that monitor their performance, a game about the discovery of antibiotics, and the subsequent development of the AMR will support. .
More information on antibiotic forgiveness can be found in HPRU on Health Care Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance pages.