2015 Get Smart Week is November 16-22.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
Get Smart Week logoEach year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.
On September 18, 2014, the White House announced an Executive Order stating that the Federal Government will work domestically and internationally to detect, prevent, and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections by implementing measures that reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and help ensure the continued availability of effective therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections.
The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2015
During November 16-22, 2015, the annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week will be observed. The observance is a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship in communities, in healthcare facilities, and on the farm in collaboration with state-based programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners. The one-week observance raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
Get Smart About Antibiotics:
For Healthcare Professionals
Get Smart About Antibiotics:
For Patients and Parents
Victoria Nahum knows all too well that the use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. In 2006, her stepson, Joshua, died from an antibiotic-resistant infection. Watch this video to see how you can help prevent the spread of resistant bacteria, protect your patients, and preserve antibiotics.
In 2006, Armando Nahum’s son, Joshua, died from an antibiotic-resistant infection he caught from receiving medical care during a hospital stay. To keep this from happening to you and your family, watch this video about when antibiotics are needed, how to use them appropriately, and how you can help stop antibiotic resistance in its tracks.
CDC develops and contributes to multiple blogs on the topic of antibiotic prescribing, use, and resistance. Most of these blog entries can be found on CDC’s drug resistance website.
CDC offers podcasts and radio public service announcements (PSAs) for patients and healthcare professionals about antibiotic prescribing, use, and resistance. Most of these podcasts can be found on CDC’s drug resistance website. Additional podcasts and the radio PSAs can be found on the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work website.
CDC and partners have developed videos for patients and healthcare professionals about antibiotic prescribing, use, and resistance. Most of these videos can be found on CDC’s drug resistance website. Additional videos can be found on the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work website.
CDC has several Health e-Cards related to antibiotic prescribing, use, and resistance. Find and send your favorite Health e-Card.
A variety of resources about antibiotic resistance are available for healthcare professionals, the general public, and policy makers... Click Here
On June 2, 2015 Safe Care Campaign was one of over 150 Animal and Health Stakeholders to join the White House effort to combat Antibiotic Resistance under President Obama Executive Order.
In addition, the President will sign a memorandum directing Federal departments and agencies to create a preference for meat and poultry produced according to responsible antibiotic-use. The Presidential Food Service is also committing to serving meats and poultry that have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics. Separately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will announce that it has finalized changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation, an important piece of FDA’s overall strategy to promote the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals as it facilitates bringing the feed-use of such antibiotics under the oversight of licensed veterinarians.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause two million illnesses and about 23,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.
Get the full article here: National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship
Quality & Safety
You go to the hospital to get well, right? Of course, but did you know that patients can get infections in the hospital while they are being treated for something else? Imagine a scenario like the following:
Your mother starts having chest pain. Your son breaks his ankle during football practice. Your spouse is in a car accident. You rush to the hospital.
Thankfully, you are told that your loved one is going to recover, but will spend some time in the hospital. However, time in the hospital can also put patients at risk for a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), such as a blood, surgical site, or urinary tract infection. Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Worst of all, they can be deadly. Healthcare procedures can leave you vulnerable to germs that cause HAIs. These germs can be spread in healthcare settings from patient to patient on unclean hands of healthcare personnel or through the improper use or reuse of equipment. These infections are not limited to hospitals. For example, in the past 10 years alone, there have been more than 30 outbreaks of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in non-hospital healthcare settings such as outpatient clinics, dialysis centers, and long-term care facilities.
Healthcare-Associated Infections in the United States
Patient Safety Videos
Safe Care Campaign, in collaboration with the Georgia Hospital Association and funding provided by the Partnership for Patients under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is proud to announce the "Patient Perspective Series Safety Videos" a first of it's kind highlighting what Patients want you to know.
Patient and family-centered care is more than an initiative. It is the core of the health care organization. Patients and families are partners in decision-making, providing input at the point of care, in process and governance. You know when patient and family-centered care is the organization's culture when it is everyone's role and responsibility and it is embedded in its foundation.
Please use these videos with your staff, sharing how to engage patients and their families. Keep in mind that each module's key takeaways are from the patient's perspective.
Patient Safety Videos
For Healthcare Staff
In the U.S. more than 4,600 patients per day become infected as a result or complication of their medical care. No one feels the true cost of health care infections as much as the patients, their families and the caregiver staff. Health care associated infections affect everyone involved.
With more than 1.7 million health care associated infections per year in the United States, and the problem of antibiotic -resistance ever widening, the need for prevention looms heavier now more than ever before. Of the 4,600 patients infected daily, 271 die from their infections. Every day.
In total, that’s more than 99,000 people in the U.S. annually with more people dying of these infections than all of the people in the U.S. who die each year of AIDS, breast cancer and automobile accidents COMBINED.
Despite progress in public health and hospital care, infections continue to develop in hospitalized patients, and may also affect hospital staff. Many factors promote infection among hospitalized patients: decreased immunity among patients; the increasing variety of medical procedures and invasive techniques creating potential routes of infection; and the transmission of drug - resistant bacteria among crowded hospital populations, where poor infection control practices may facilitate transmission.
Health care - acquired Infections (or health care - associated infections) encompass almost all clinically evident infections that do not originate from patient's original admitting diagnosis. Within hours after admission, a patient's flora begins to acquire characteristics of the surrounding bacterial pool.
Armando Nahum talks about his Family
Quality & Safety
Patients Safety Videos
For Healthcare Staff
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