How we’re waging war on infection

You may have seen in the news recently that the Prime Minister has announced an independent review into why so few anti-microbial drugs have been introduced in recent years. You probably know the drugs better as antibiotics.

The review is expected to make recommendations about the solutions to the problem presented by anti-microbial resistance.

Mr Cameron said: “If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again.”

In North Kirklees over the last two years, through our work with practices, the CCG has had a focus on improving the quality of prescribing.

Particular successes have been in reducing the number of prescriptions for two types of antibiotic linked to healthcare-associated infections by 35% year on year.

This is a real success story for North Kirklees and for local people because prescribing antibiotics in the wrong circumstances is believed to one of the major factors in the development of resistance.

And, of course, it’s always worth remembering that a good way to prevent the spread of infection is to follow good hygiene practices.

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