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#AntibioticWAKEUP

by NCCID • CCNMI category: Health

“Wake up Canada to risks of antibiotic misuse, such as incurable infections. #KeepAntibioticsWorking http://thndr.me/qRT78K

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This campaign ended on November 13, 2017 at 9AM

#AntibioticWAKEUP

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Click through to donate a Tweet or post to your network. This message will reach your contacts at the opening of Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 13-19). You can sign up as late 8:59 AM EDT on November 13th—but we encourage you to sign up now. It just takes one click! 

Thank you for participating!

Wake up - Inaction is not an option

Infectious diseases are becoming harder to treat and contain because an increasing number of bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics. Healthcare providers in Canada increasingly see treatment failures, where antibiotics no longer work for some common infections, like pneumonia.

This threat to antibiotics has far-reaching consequences for human health, such as increased risk of death to patients undergoing routine operations like hip replacement, cesarean section, or appendix removal. Without effective antibiotics, patients undergoing chemotherapy and others with weakened immune systems are poorly protected.

Described as a “slow moving tsunami” by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, this issue is recognized by health leaders around the globe as one of the most serious threats to human health and public safety. The consensus among world health leaders and their Canadian counterparts is that inaction is not an option.

Unnecessary use of antibiotics and misuse directly contribute to the rise in resistant bacteria. But there are effective and cost-effective ways to slow and reverse the harm done. These so-called ‘stewardship’ efforts require the cooperation of patients, the wider public and a range of professionals across several sectors—from human health care and veterinary medicine to food production and environmental protection.  

Everyone has a role in preserving the life-saving value of antibiotics:

Stewardship begins with some basic responsibilities.

  • Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to prescribe antibiotics only when required and to select the right drug, dose and duration.
  • Prescribers and pharmacists play an important role in helping patients and their caregivers weigh the risks and benefits of antibiotic use, and  offering guidance on symptom relief when antibiotics cannot help.
  • Healthcare consumers are advised to ask questions about antibiotics—to understand when they are unnecessary, when and how they should be used, and how to safely dispose of unused prescriptions.
  • Public health professionals hold responsibility for guiding infection prevention programs and policy and for tracking population level trends for resistance and health outcomes.

To learn and do more, visit our partners here: 

More about us:

This campaign is led by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, partnered with HealthCareCAN, with support from a growing national network of stakeholders and key influencers focused on advancing antimicrobial stewardship, called AMS Canada.

More information about this collaborative initiative and a ten-point action plan developed to help preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials (e.g. antibiotics) can be found here.  

Subscribe To receive updates from AMS Canada on coordinated stewardship efforts and progress in fighting antibiotic resistance, register here

Questions?

Contact NCCID with any questions at: nccid@umanitoba.ca

 

 


  • #AntibioticWAKEUP - Resources to Start the Conversation

    November 10, 2017
    Dear Supporter,

    As you know, we have reached our modest 'Thunderclap' goal of 100 supporters. We are also excited to see the number of supporters for this campaign continue to climb: 158 supporters today, with a social reach of 142,121.

    Achieving (and surpassing) our goal means that on Monday morning you and your network will receive the #AntibioticWAKEUP call.  Together, we will kick off World Antibiotic Awareness Week with a unified message across social media. But the message is just the 'opener'.  We have an opportunity to start conversations about AMR and stewardship strategies and resources throughout the week, the year, etc.  

    If you have not already done so, please review the links to resources offered on our Thunderclap page. Our partnered initiatives offer more ideas on the conversations to have with a range of health care professionals, patients, and the wider public.  I repeat those links here, below, for your convenience. 

    So continue to 'awaken' your networks.  Thanks for the support!

    Harpa Isfeld-Kiely, and colleagues at NCCID

    To learn and do more, visit our partners here: 

  • #AntibioticWAKEUP: 100 Supporters, and Still Counting!

    November 3, 2017

    Dear supporter:

    We are celebrating! This past week, we reached our modest goal of 100 supporters for the #AntibioticWAKEUP – supporters with a broader social reach of 103,665 people. Your support helped get us there.

    But we’re not stopping now. There are 10 days to go until our deadline – the opening of Antibiotic Awareness Week. Let’s see how far we can get towards promoting safe and sensible prescribing of antibiotics in Canada!

    Please help build awareness by sharing our campaign link http://thndr.me/XhausZ

    With thanks from NCCID, and our many partners in the AMS Canada network.

    Harpa

    Senior Project Manager, 

    National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases

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NCCID • CCNMI
@CentreInfection

At the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, we specialize in forging connections between those who generate and those who use infectious disease public health knowledge. Working across disciplines, sectors and jurisdictions, NCCID is uniquely situated to facilitate the creation and operation of networks and partnerships. From policy to practice, we’re able to build bridges between those with infectious disease questions, those with answers, and those in a position to act on the evidence.

NCCID, together with HealthCareCAN—the national voice of healthcare organizations and hospitals across Canada—is proud to play host to AMS Canada, a national network committed to fighting antibiotic resistance. Learn more, below.

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