Friday, 16 November 2012
To mark European Antimicrobial Awareness Day on 18 November 2012, Public Health Wales, in partnership with Welsh Government have developed a pack of educational resources to support the responsible use of antibiotics in Wales.
European Antimicrobial Awareness Day (EAAD) aims to improve both public and professional awareness of the need to use antibiotics responsibly to help to control the increase of antibiotic resistance. The number of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria is growing, but there is a lack of new antibiotics. Education in the responsible use of antibiotics is of paramount importance to help control resistance; a pack contains educational resources to support antimicrobial stewardship will be delivered to GP practices in November 2012.
These resources include:
- Adult antibiotic information sheets
- Booklets providing a guide to coughs, cold, earache and sore throats in children
- A bulletin which highlights an increase in E. coli bacteraemias in the elderly in Wales.
EAAD is coordinated in Wales by Public Health Wales, in partnership with Welsh Government.
Further copies of the information sheets and booklets can be downloaded from the Welsh Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Website, Public Health Wales intranet at
or internet http://www.publichealthwales.org/patient-antibiotic-information-leaflet.
Other resources to support EAAD including poster walls and videos are available via the Department of Health website at http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/tag/eaad/
The Welsh Antimicrobial Resistance Programme have published the annual Antimicrobial Resistance and Usage in Wales report covering the time period 2005-2011. The report can be downloaded from: Antibacterial Resistance and Usage in Wales 2005-2011 [.pdf, 7mb]
Information about the Welsh Antimicrobial Resistance Programme can be found on this website at: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=457&pid=25228