In a latest study, Public Health England has found that nearly 60,788 new cases of antibiotic resistant and severe infections were registered in 2018. Furthermore, 165 new antibiotic resistant infections were reported per day.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a serious threat globally. United Nations has recently revealed that if AMR is left unchecked, it can cause nearly 10 million deaths by the end of 2050. On account of the spiking AMR statistics, GPs are widely considered for lowering the consumption of antibiotic. A key point to note here is that, antibiotic consumption skyrocketed, reaching its peak in 2014. Since then, the rate of consumption has reduced by 9%.
Considering the seven priority bacterial pathogens that were studied, nearly 145 people among 100,000 population reportedly had bloodstream infection in 2018. This indicated a 22% rise from the number of affected in 2014. E coli and the increasing use of quinolone and cephalosporin antibiotic in the last few years were identified as one of the most common causes of bloodstream infection.
The Public Health England report also revealed that there was a considerable reduction in the number of antibiotic prescriptions dispensed. According to the report, the number of prescriptions dispensed within the community reduced by 16.7% between 2014 and 2018. Notwithstanding this, the use of antibiotics in hospitals has increased by 2.8%. However, the rate of increased is slower in comparison to that recorded over the last five years.
Considering the aforementioned factors and on account of the rising incidence of antimicrobial resistance, Public Health England is focusing on collaborating with initiatives such as the Antibiotic Guardian and Keep Antibiotics Working campaigns. Furthermore, the organization is working closely with students to successfully deliver student national AMS conference, which has become an annual affair.
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