In 2017, Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer, warned that the world could face a “post-antibiotic apocalypse.” She urged that, unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antibiotic resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when simple wounds, infections or routine operations, are life-threatening.
To mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12th-18th November 2018, we are highlighting Cochrane evidence which supports decision-making in the appropriate use of antibiotics. Below is a round up of blogs and infographics (blogshots and vlogshots).
Blog post: Antibiotic resistance – bacteria fighting back by Samantha Gale, Cochrane UK’s Public Health Fellow.
Blog post: Apocalypse now – antimicrobial resistance by Lynda Ware, Cochrane UK’s Senior Fellow in General Practice.
Shared decision making and antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections in primary care (Press release; also available in Spanish).
Testing blood procalcitonin levels to decide when to start and stop antibiotics in adults with acute respiratory tract infections
Routine antibiotic prophylaxis after normal vaginal birth for reducing maternal infectious morbidity
Editor’s note: page last updated 15th October 2018.