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Antibiotic Awareness Week

Canadian Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 12-18, is a time to raise awareness about the need for correct and cautious use of antibiotics to help control the increase in resistant bacteria and hard-to-treat infections. Held each November, the event coincides with World Antibiotic Awareness Week, led by global champions for the responsible use of antibiotics.

In Canada, the campaign is led by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), joined by leaders in public health, antimicrobial stewardship, quality healthcare, and patient safety. A growing number of partners come together under the banner of Think Twice, Seek Advice, asking Canadians to check their assumptions and speak to their healthcare providers about when antibiotics are needed and when they are not. Some areas of focus for this campaign are common respiratory infections and suspected bladder infections among the elderly, where misuse is common, as well as overlooked areas of dental care. Improved awareness that antibiotics may not be called for can lead to improved use of antibiotics and help limit the harmful effects of drug resistance.

On this campaign page, the public and health providers will find many resources developed by partnering experts to help promote the sensible use of antibiotics. For the public, there are informative videos, factsheets, quizzes and links to more comprehensive educational resources and allied campaign websites. For providers, there are evidence-based clinical practice recommendations and patient education tools to download and share in your practice, as well as aids to antibiotic stewardship program planning.

Follow @CentreInfection on Twitter to share campaign messages and materials during Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 12-18, 2018.

For more information, visit antibioticawareness.ca.

 

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