Antibiotic awareness – A nurses role – Hilary Graham-Smith

Antibiotic awareness – A nurses role – Hilary Graham-Smith


So nurses are front-line health professionals,
so they engage with patients and whanau all the time in a whole range of different settings
and around a whole lot of different conditions. So that means they’re really well placed to
provide education and support for patients about antibiotics and making sure that they
have a good understanding of their treatment. They’d be having a conversation about what
vaccines are available, so for instance the flu vaccine, having that conversation about
how useful that can be in stopping you getting influenza. But also having the conversation about bacteria
versus viruses, which are the commons causes of colds and flus. And describing the differences and the different
ways managing those things. Not rushing off to the doctor with a cold
or flu and asking for antibiotics in the first instance and doing simple things like thorough
hand washing to prevent the spread of infection, covering the nose and mouth when coughing
or sneezing and being really careful to dispose of tissues in the waste bin. Covering cuts and keeping them clean is a
good way to avoid infection too. Telling patients that they musn’t share them
with other people and that the should report any side effects like skin rashes or an upset
stomach. Everyone needs to think about doing their
part to reduce antibiotic resistance.

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