Answering Google’s most asked questions about antibiotic resistance

Answering Google’s most asked questions about antibiotic resistance


Answering Google’s most asked questions
about antibiotic resistance. Hi I’m Andrew Boyden I’m a GP and I’m also a
medical adviser for NPS MedicineWise I’m here to answer Google’s most
commonly asked questions about antibiotic resistance so let’s get
started Yes it’s very real it’s a worldwide
problem and it’s also here in Australia with us now and we really need to get on
top of this to preserve the miracle of antibiotics for the future antibiotic
resistance occurs when antibiotics no longer are effective in treating
bacterial infections as well as they used to be and they occur because
bacteria change to protect themselves from the medication yes definitely
and it’s becoming worse we have evidence of multiple different bacteria becoming
increasingly resistant to a whole range of antibiotics. MRSA, also known as
‘golden staph’ it can be picked up in hospitals and unfortunately is
increasingly being picked up in the community. Gonorrhea a sexually
transmitted infection picked up through unprotected sex, increasingly becoming
resistant to antibiotics. And this is just a couple of examples. It’s dangerous
now because it’s leading to fewer options to treat serious bacterial
infections this means people can be sicker for longer, they might need to
stay into hospital for longer. In some cases it even can be a life-threatening
situation. yes if things don’t change, we have a
really big, worldwide public health problem here. The World Health
Organization says this is one of the greatest threats facing human health,
worldwide, currently. Firstly only take antibiotics as prescribed and directed
by your doctor. Secondly don’t ask for antibiotics for cold and flu, they don’t
work for viruses. And thirdly practice good hygiene including hand-washing to
prevent the spread of bacteria and if you’d like to learn more about
antibiotic resistance please visit our website visit nps.org.au to learn
more

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