Overcoming barriers to the prevention and management of antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections: updates from ID Week 2021
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Activity Description / Statement of Need:
In this online, self-learning activity:
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a phenomenon fueled by the selection pressure leveled against microorganisms through the use and misuse of antibiotics in clinical and agricultural settings as well as horizontal gene transfer between pathogens. Far from the prediction in the 1960s that most problems associated with infectious disease had been addressed by the close of World War II, Sir Alexander Fleming’s 1945 prediction that public demand for antibiotics would usher in an era of overuse has proved far more prophetic. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2050, there could be up to 10 million deaths caused by drug-resistant infections each year, and treatment of multidrug infections is estimated to cost the US $4.6 billion per year. Once derided as a figment of apocalyptic fearmongering, the specter of a post-antibiotic era has begun to loom too close for comfort. [
This learning activity has been designed to improve HCPs’ knowledge of effective anti-infective use in the context of antimicrobial stewardship and novel antibiotics as well as improve their competency and performance in applying that knowledge to practice.
HCPs specializing in: infectious disease, critical care, and primary care; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists who practice in the aforementioned areas of specialty; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who treat patients with antimicrobials.