Dr. Judy Stone, MD made good points about how we have a long way to go to be where the CDC would like us to be in both knowledge and practice focused on Antibiotics. ” Last year, the Wellcome Trust brought us grim news about antibiotic resistance, with dire projections that 10 million people might die each year due to resistance, and equally severe economic consequences.”
Through the “Get Smart” campaign and programs offered everyone can gain valuable knowledge about Antibiotics. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work educational programs for the general public, for farming, and healthcare.
Take a moment and review the CDC’s “Get Smart” information provided on their website and diligently advocate for the safety and the proper use of antibiotics worldwide.
(An excerpt from Dr. Stone’s article)
At last week’s C. diff Foundation conference, Dr. Hudson Garrett suggested that physicians employ a slightly different tactic. Rather than give in to demands for an unnecessary and harmful antibiotic prescription, he suggested that the patients receive a written prescription for specific symptomatic relief products, to provide this sense of validation and to boost satisfaction. It would be nice to see if this can be verified through studies.
Patients seem to have a love-hate relationship with antibiotics, both wanting them, and yet feeling they are a “harsh” and “necessary evil.” This in turn leads many to stop taking them early, not wanting their body to “grow immune”—and not understanding that it is the bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics. This was a widespread belief that appears difficult to overcome.
Additional information presenting the “Get Smart” Know When Antibiotics Work
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