What is antibiotic resistance?
- when bacteria adapt and develop a way to protect themselves from being killed by antibiotics
- bacteria are more likely to develop resistance when antibiotics are overused or not used as prescribed
Why is it a problem?
- infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria are more difficult to treat leading to increased levels of disease and death and longer hospital stays
- operations like bone, heart or bowel surgery, and treatments like chemotherapy all require antibiotics to be successful; if our antibiotics do not work these procedures will become impossible without risk of infection.
What can I do?
- become an Antibiotic Guardian by choosing to pledge to undertake a simple action that can help prevent the development and spread of antibiotic resistance
For more information about this campaign, pick up a leaflet at the Practice