Monday, November 13, 2017
BJC | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care professionals to prescribe antibiotics only when necessary to help fight antibiotic resistance and the spread of superbugs. To kick off U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week — Nov. 13-19 — the CDC is launching Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic prescribing and use. BJC’s Center for Clinical Excellence team wants to get the word out about this important campaign.
The new Be Antibiotics Aware initiative provides resources to help improve antibiotic prescribing among health care professionals, focusing on prescribing antibiotics only when needed, and at the right dose for the right duration and at the right time.
"The ongoing emergence of antibiotic resistance has a devastating impact on our ability to care for people with many serious medical problems," says Clay Dunagan, MD, MS, BJC senior vice president and chief clinical officer. “That’s why BJC is committed to antibiotic stewardship. Improving the way antibiotics are prescribed and used are the most important things we can do to slow the development and spread of antibiotic resistance.”
The CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware educational effort encourages health care professionals to:
Be Antibiotics Aware has resources to help health care professionals (in outpatient and inpatient settings) educate patients and families about antibiotic use and risks for potential side effects. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use.
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11/13/2017 11:29 AM
This is great to hear!! I'm originally from Canada, and when I moved here I couldn't believe how often people are prescribed antibiotics!
11/14/2017 4:33 PM
I wonder if the same precaution is needed for natural antibiotics like
Oil Of Oregano
3/2/2018 2:53 PM
I am grateful that this article is being written, so necessary. But I am also puzzled and disappointed regarding a missed opportunity of educating us, the readers, about the critical importance of maintaining good "gut health" for all aspects of our wellbeing.
Even a mention of the need to restore healthy flora when such antibiotics ARE needed would have been helpful -such as in recommending the use of the right probiotics, at the right time, and in the right measure.
My family has found that some of our health care practitioners have strongly recommended probiotics as a matter of course, when antibiotics were required. Others have responded affirmatively if asked for their opinion. Many others need more education on the matter, as well as the information provided regarding the antibiotics in the article.
I am hopeful that the authors find it an incentive to continue this dialogue with readers, and add further education about this other critical aspect of creating balance, when antibiotic use in necessary. Thank you!
3/2/2018 2:55 PM
I am glad that you are mentioning such products as a first line of defense, as these and other healthy and natural supplements no doubt have kept me and loved ones away from the antibiotic many a time :)
Thanks for the comment
3/2/2018 3:07 PM
Thank you for the reminder, Diane! As you may know, Washington University physician scientist Jeffrey Gordon, MD, is a world-renowned gut microbiome researcher, known, in fact, as the "father of the microbiome." (check out this story and don't be surprised if you hear his name mentioned in a Nobel Prize announcement one day https://source.wustl.edu/2017/03/the-father-of-the-microbiome/ ). We'll definitely consider running future stories on keeping your gut flora healthy -- especially when having to use antibiotics that could disrupt it.