Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship is a patient safety practice in the hospital that ensures optimal use of antibiotics.   Through this practice the risk of being exposed to antibiotic resistant bacteria is reduced and ensures you receive the right antibiotic in the right way for the right length of time.

There are are a few things you can do at home to ensure antibiotics are used correctly.   Here are some tips:

Use antibiotics wisely: Don’t expect to get antibiotics every time you have a respiratory infection.  Know when it’s effective to use antibiotics and don’t use them for viral infections such as colds, flu, coughs, and most sore throats.  Even with some bacterial infections, you will usually recover just as quickly without antibiotics

Treat viral infections responsibly: Don’t pressure your doctor for antibiotics when you have a viral infection.  Instead, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to feel better when you are ill.  There are medicines you can take to relieve your symptoms.

Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed:  If you are prescribed antibiotics, follow the dose and schedule instructions exactly.  Finish all the antibiotics you are given, even if you start to feel better.  Do not share them with someone else or save them for another time.

Never take antibiotics without a prescription:  In many countries, it is possible to get antibiotics without a prescription. Using antibiotics when you don’t need them is a significant contributor to antibiotic resistance and will not make you feel better.

Stay at home if you’re sick:  Prevent the spread of germs by staying at home when you’re sick, washing your hands frequently, and practicing good hygiene.

For more information, please go to – http://antibioticawareness.ca/?page_id=14

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