World Antibiotic Awareness Week - 24th November (Day 5)

Antibiotic resistance is a problem for everyone, just because you have always used antibiotics correctly does not mean that you cannot catch resistant bacteria. Antibiotic Research UK is a charity which has more information and a great support network for anyone effected by antibiotic resistant infections. If you know someone who might need support, or if you are just interested, more information can be found here.

Become an antibiotic guardian and protect our antibiotics for generations to come.

Remember to take unused antibiotics back to your community pharmacies, so that they don’t end up in the environment leading to more resistant bacteria - see more information here.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in Antibiotic Awareness Week - let's protect our antibiotics!

World Antibiotic Awareness Week - 23rd November (Day 4)

If you are labelled as penicillin allergic it can be much harder to treat your infections. We know that 1% of people have a true life threatening penicillin allergy, but that up to 10% of people carry it as a label on their record. If your allergy is actually a side effect (such as nausea or an upset stomach, it might be worth a chat with your GP, as at some point penicillin could be life-saving if it is needed to treat a serious infection.

Have a look at this poster from Antibiotic Research UK for more information.

If you have time, there are various webinars taking place over the next week linking in with the daily themes – check out the timetable and see if you have time to catch one.

Are you feeling like an antibiotic expert by now? Why don’t you have a go at a quiz to test your knowledge?

World Antibiotic Awareness Week - 22nd November (Day 3)

It’s important to make sure infections are correctly diagnosed, this helps us to provide the most appropriate treatment.

Remember that viral illnesses do not need antibiotics! Antibiotics aren't effective against viral infections. This includes the common coldflu, most coughs and sore throats. It can be hard to explain this to patients or the general public, and the TARGET toolkit has some helpful advice.

Please find a link to a very informative antibiotic advert here.

If you have time, there are various webinars taking place over the next week linking in with the daily themes – check out the timetable and see if you have time to catch one.

If you don’t have time for a webinar, then enjoy another antimicrobial themed wordsearch.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week - 21st November (Day 2)

On Day Two of World Antimicrobial Awareness week, we are looking at the guidelines associated with using antibiotics and treating infection. Lots of infections do not need 7 days’ worth of antibiotics – 5 days is often enough.

Using the shortest effective antibiotic course is safer for patients and better for the planet (less harm, less antimicrobial resistance and, lower CO2 footprint. Be NICEOver-treatment can cause more harm than good – each additional day of unnecessary antibiotic increases the risk of side effects by 3-7%.

Public Health England have produced a short video to help explain the issue of antimicrobial resistance, this can be found here: https://youtu.be/7PhmyNBWGik

As well as the National guidelines, Lincolnshire’s Microguide can be found here (insert link) and the TARGET antibiotic toolkit has lots of useful resources to help guide treatment.

If you have time, there are various webinars taking place over the next week linking in with the daily themes – check out the timetable and see if you have time to catch one.

If you don’t have time for a webinar, then enjoy another antimicrobial themed crossword.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week - 18th November (Day 1)

Day One of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week is all about preventing infection. There are small things that everyone can do to help protect themselves and to prevent antibiotic resistance. Many of these are things you will have done as routine during the COVID-19 pandemic – let’s keep going with them.

  • Keep singing “Happy Birthday” when you wash your hands, watch an instruction video here.
  • Get your vaccinations
  • Keep hydrated – Make sure you have your tea break! More than 92 million people globally are affected by Urinary Tract Infections and staying appropriately hydrated can prevent them.

There are various webinars taking place over the next week linking in with the daily themes – check out the timetable and see if you have time to catch one here.

If you don’t have time for a webinar or would simply like a light activity, then enjoy an antimicrobial themed crossword!

Medicines Safety Week - 7th November - 13th November 2022

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The focus for Medicines Safety Week for 2022 is the importance of reporting suspected adverse reactions to medications and vaccines, along with reporting issues with medical devices and other healthcare products via the Yellow Card scheme.

The Yellow Card scheme collects and monitors information on suspected safety concerns involving healthcare products such as side effects, or an adverse medical device incident. Side effects or issues can be reported on the Yellow Card website or via the app (Apple/Google Play) by healthcare professionals or the patient. Ensuring you advise your patients about the Yellow Card scheme can enable medication safety issues to be highlighted by the MHRA.

There are videos about the yellow card scheme, more information and e-learning modules on the Yellow Card website.

What are you doing for medication safety week?

Follow and use the #medsafetyweek on social media to keep up to date with all the activities.