Overprescription of Antibiotics
This is a widespread issue and is one of the focus areas of our education activites. It is vitally important that we only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Antibiotics have no effect on viral infections, such as the common cold, yet they are often prescribed for this purpose. Our efforts will focus on:-
– educating GPs in only prescribing antibiotics where absolutely necessary
– educating the public so they understand the difference between viral and bacterial infections as well as the long term, worldwide implications of pressuring GPs into prescribing antibiotics where they are not needed.
Intensive Farming Practices
Reducing the use of antibiotics in farming. Pools of resistant bacteria can build up on farms and the resistance is then transferred to bacteria found naturally in our bodies.
Poor Hygiene Practices in Hospitals
Although measures have been taken in recent years to develop and improve hygiene policies and practices in hospitals (you’ve no doubt seen the sanitising gel dispensers everywhere), practices are not always followed, or enforced as rigorously as they need to be.
Poor Personal Hygiene
As obvious as it may seem, not everyone observes good personal hygiene practices such as regularly washing hands.
Slow Diagnosis of Antibiotic Resistant Infections
This topic recently won the Longitude prize given to fund new research areas. The public voted for antibiotic resistance research to be funded rather than other research areas.