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Will you #KeepAntibioticsWorking?

 Rose Gallagher 18 Nov 2017

On European Antibiotics Awareness Day, Rose Gallagher explains why nursing staff must work together to reduce antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial Resistance
Since the discovery of antibiotics almost 100 years ago, more and more bacteria, previously susceptible to antibiotics, have now become resistant.
As antibiotic resistance increases, the number of antibiotics available to treat diseases risks becoming severely limited, creating a major public health crisis.
Each year, as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) shines a light on the global threat of resistance.
Their campaign – #KeepAntibioticsWorking – is particularly relevant to nursing staff who administer prescribed antibiotics on a daily basis. It follows a campaign of the same name from Public Health England, which aims to protect this precious resource by reducing inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics.
Support for you
As nursing staff, we have an important role to play in educating the public, patients and carers about the threat of AMR. The RCN is committed to supporting members, like you, to have these conversations.
We are part of a new approach to tackle the impact of rising resistance, called OneHealth, which aims to protect both humans and animals from the increasing threat of AMR.
Preventing infections reduces demand for antibiotics and is a key part of UK and global strategies to reduce the threat facing us.
Yesterday, we announced an RCN Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) academic module to develop nursing expertise in infection prevention.
The course will prepare nurses working in, or with an interest in IPC, for the current and future challenges to their work resulting from antimicrobial resistance. It will be piloted in spring 2018. 
Get involved today
As a member of the nursing team, you can raise awareness of AMR by sharing a video from RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary Janet Davies, and why not tweet in support of the campaign using, #KeepAntibioticsWorking – remembering to include @theRCN in your tweets.
Further links

Rose Gallagher

Rose Gallagher

RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control


Rose is the RCN's Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control and also currently interim Head of the Standards, Knowledge and Information Services at the College.

Based in the RCN's Nursing Department, she provides strategic leadership and specialist professional advice to the College, its members and key stakeholders across the UK on infection prevention and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the implications for nurses and nursing.

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