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Imagine a world where routine hip replacements are too high-risk to perform due to lack of effective antibiotic treatment.
Imagine telling your patient an infection is only treatable with an antibiotic so toxic that even if they survive the infection they will suffer irreversible damage to their organs.
Although this sounds like the plot of a hospital drama, this is already occurring all over the world. In fact, on Sept. 20, 2017, the World Health Organization announced the world is running out of antibiotics.
Described as a "slow-moving tsunami", many countries, government agencies and healthcare organizations have committed resources to address this potential humanitarian crisis. Canada has begun to
tackle this by involving the healthcare system, veterinarian medicine, and the agri-food industry.
Antibiotics used when not needed or for too long a duration promote antibiotic resistance, which leads to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19) is an opportunity to learn how everyone can become 'antibiotic-wise' and use antibiotics properly and only when truly needed.
What can healthcare providers do?
What can patients do?
Follow @SHSUHNASP, @UHN_News, and @CANADAresist on Twitter to learn about how to use antibiotics wisely.