Nurses and midwives need more training in antibiotic prescribing to monitor patients’ use of antibiotics – to help fight drug-resistant infections.
Whilst infection control is pivotal in nursing and midwifery training, specific knowledge and guidance on antibiotic resistance is patchy (1). This despite the fact that nurses and midwives prescribe antibiotics to vulnerable babies who are particularly susceptible to hospital acquired infections – as are vulnerable patients in hospitals and care homes.
Tackling drug resistance requires all members of society to work together. What nurses can do to help tackle antibiotic resistance is today’s highlighted issue. The World Health Organisation (WHO) are sharing information about it as part of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (2020)(2).
Antibiotic Research UK enjoys a collaborative relationship with healthcare professionals, clinicians and other NHS staff across the country, some of whom who sit on our various committees, advising and supporting our initiatives such as the Great British Tea Party. Pharmacists and nurses are also part of our world-first Patient Support Service, which offers people with drug-resistant infections, support, information and encouragement (see https://www.antibioticresearch.org.uk/find-support/).
Many hospitals, community medical practices and pharmacies have supported us in the past with organising fundraising events where people talk about antibiotic resistance over a cup of tea and a slice. It’s still not too late to run a fundraiser.
This year’s Great British Tea Party campaign is largely virtual – but bubbles and online fundraisers are still possible.
More information on tackling drug resistance