World Antimicrobial Resistance Day, recognized annually on November 18th, acts as a worldwide call to action to tackle the pressing issue of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which occurs when microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, evolve and become resistant to the drugs designed to combat them. This phenomenon jeopardizes the effectiveness of antibiotics, antivirals, and antiparasitic medications, transforming previously manageable infections into potentially life-threatening conditions.
Kelina Hospital Pharmacy recognizes the gravity of the situation and has embraced a proactive approach to antibiotic stewardship. Our pharmacy’s goals align with preserving the efficacy of antibiotics, promoting responsible use, and ensuring optimal patient outcomes. Key objectives include:
- Keeping our patients informed about AMR and its consequences, sharing the knowledge with friends, family, and community members to raise awareness about the responsible use of antibiotics and the importance of completing prescribed courses.
- Encouraging patients to use antibiotics responsibly when prescribed, and take the full course as directed. Patients should avoid self-medication or sharing antibiotics with others.
- Patients should practice good hygiene to prevent infections. Wash hands regularly, practice safe food handling, and maintain cleanliness in living spaces.
- Vaccination is a proactive measure that helps reduce the overall use of antibiotics. We encourage staying up-to-date on vaccinations to prevent infections that may require antibiotics.
- Our Pharmacy will stay informed about research initiatives and support policies that encourage the development of new antibiotics and alternative treatments. Increased research is essential to combat the evolving nature of antimicrobial resistance.
- Being mindful of the environmental impact of pharmaceutical waste, we dispose unused medications properly, following guidelines for safe disposal, to prevent the release of antimicrobials into the environment.
- We recognize the global nature of AMR and support international efforts to address this challenge.
As we mark World Antimicrobial Resistance Day, let us all join hands in the fight against antibiotic resistance.