Antimicrobial resistance is a serious global problem. New forms of resistance are continuously emerging and spreading. The World Health Organization recently warned that, without urgent, coordinated action, “a post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill – is a very real possibility for the 21st century.”
Promoting prudent antibiotic use in Canadian hospitals and healthcare organizations (e.g., the right drug, at the right dose, frequency and duration) – in conjunction with effective infection prevention and control measures – is essential to addressing antibiotic resistance. Significant work remains to be done in healthcare institutional and clinical communities to increase awareness, improve antimicrobial stewardship, and achieve consensus around clinical practice guidelines.
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