Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – information and resources

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – information and resources2017-08-04T11:26:33+00:00

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

“An increasingly serious issue is the development and spread of AMR, which occurs when drugs are no longer effective in treating infections caused by micro-organisms. Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high-risk procedures, leading to increased duration of illness and ultimately premature mortality. Much of modern medicine (for example, organ transplantation, bowel surgery and some cancer treatments) may become unsafe due to the risk of infection. In addition, influenza pandemics would become more serious without effective treatments.”

UK Government
National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies

NHS England launches national programme to combat antibiotic overusage

“Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patients’ safety worldwide and is driven by overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately. Infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria increase levels of disease and death, as well as the length of time people stay in hospitals. As resistance in bacteria grows, it will become more difficult to treat infection, and this affects patient care.”

NHS England
March 2016

Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance

“The Antimicrobial Resistance programme has been designed to support all health and social care staff – both clinical and non-clinical – in a variety of settings to understand the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance, and ways they can help to tackle this major health issue. This programme has been developed by Health Education England in collaboration with Public Health England and NHS England.

Antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance poses a major threat to everyday life and modern day medicine where lives could be lost as a result of antibiotics not working as they should. All health and social care staff, as well as the public, have a very important role in preserving the power of antibiotics and in controlling and preventing the spread of infections.”

Health Education England
e-Learning support

Useful links to Antimicrobial Resistance information & resources

NICE: medtech innovation briefing (MIB)
FebriDx for C-reactive protein and Myxovirus resistance protein A testing in primary care

FebriDx: viral/bacterial differentiation test
FebriDx UK supplier

Immune response and biomarkers (video)
RPS Detectors (USA)

NICE: Antimicrobial stewardship overview

UK Government
Antibiotic awareness resources

Antibiotic Guardian