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Gary Evans writes Hospital Infection Control & Prevention (HIC), Hospital Employee Health (HEH) and contributes to IRB Advisor (IRB). As senior writer at AHC, Evans has written numerous articles on infectious disease threats to both patients and health care workers, including pandemic influenza, MERS and Ebola. He has been honored for excellence in analytical reporting five times by the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
To increase understanding about the threat of antibiotic resistance and the public’s role in preserving the effectiveness of these live-saving medicines, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) created an infographic poster on the ABC’s of antibiotics.
Each year, more than 23,000 people in the U.S. die from infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
During the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, November 17-23, APIC is empowering consumers to Ask if antibiotics are appropriate; understand that antibiotics only kill Bacteria and won’t work against viruses; and that they must Complete the course of their antibiotics – even if they feel better before finishing them. Inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to the growth of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”
Healthcare providers are being asked to share the ABC’s of antibiotics infographic with patients and families to raise awareness about the danger of misusing antibiotics and to emphasize the public’s role in promoting their appropriate use. APIC has additional resources to help patients and healthcare professionals “get smart” about this global health issue.