The World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) takes place every 12-18 years. This is a worldwide campaign to promote the prudent use of antibiotics, such as antibiotics, and increase global awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or antibiotic resistance.

What is antibiotic treatment and why is it important?

Antibiotic treatment is an important priority among health care providers, state agencies, health care accreditation agencies and insurance companies. Antibiotic treatment simply means the use of antibiotics wisely. As little new antibiotics are developed and bacteria that cause infections develop resistance to antibiotics, we must use the right antibiotic at the right dose at the right time and at the right time.

What is the federal and state government's antibiotic treatment?

In 2013, the United States Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) announced that healthcare providers are developing antibiotic resistance threats with their US antibiotic resistance reports.

Then in 2014, CDC published the key elements for hospitalization in antibiotic programs and published similar guidelines for nursing homes in 2015. These guidelines guide how healthcare providers can use antibiotics wisely. Indiana, certain infections caused by resistant bacteria must be reported to the Department of Health Research Institute in order to monitor trends and improve best practices.

In addition, in 2015, President Obama convened a White House conference of healthcare leaders to draw up a plan to combat antibiotic resistance, leading to a National Action Plan to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

What does a doctor do for antibiotic treatment?

Your doctor will tell your doctor at your office about your symptoms, seasonal schedules, and community infections if the disease is likely to be caused by a virus or bacterial infection. Identifying this difference is important because antibiotics do not cure viral infection, such as common cold or influenza, and instead it can further aggravate issues by promoting the development of antibiotic resistance.

When a doctor considers an infection caused by an infection, antibiotics do not help and may become worse. On the other hand, if infection is caused by bacteria, selecting the right antibiotic, taking it as directed and taking it until it is absent may be different when you are infected.

What is my hospital doing antibiotic treatment?

The hospital uses blood, tissue and / or urinary cultures to identify bacteria that cause infection and show which antibiotics eliminate bacteria and which antibiotics do not work. Choosing the right antibiotic from the start is important to prevent treatment failure and to avoid potential side effects.

In 2017, the Joint Commission for Hospitals has proposed eight hospital accreditation standards for direct antibiotic treatment. The Indiana University Health Ball Center is fully compliant with these eight proposed standards. Every day, the Ball Memorial Hospital, a group of doctors, surgeons, infectious nurses, epidemiologists and pharmacists of infectious diseases, supports front line doctors and nurses to use the best antibiotics by controlling bacterial resistance and patient response.

What can I do about antibiotic treatment?

If your healthcare provider determines the infection is due to a virus, you should not take antibiotics. Some people think that a history of nausea or vomiting due to the use of antibiotics means they are allergic to that antibiotic. However, what really means that at that time could not tolerate this antibiotic. Your feeling of nausea or vomiting may be due to an antibiotic, or it may be due to another independent cause at the same time. It is important to distinguish between temporary intolerance and a real allergy as it may lead your doctor to choose an alternative antibiotic that is not the best choice given the circumstances. If you had intolerance, you might still be able to take an antibiotic, which could be a better option than some alternatives.

The Joint Commission has developed a patient training aid that helps us all to do antibiotics wisely.

Richard G. Lugar, Pharm, BCPS is an antibiotic nursing pharmacist at the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. For more information, contact Lugar at [email protected], call 765-281-6566 or visit at

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