Tag Archives: antimicrobial resistance

How did bacteria become resistant?

We all know that antibiotic resistance increases through improper use of antibiotics. With recent discoveries of bacteria containing antibiotic resistance genes in isolated tribes it would seem that bacteria have always been resistant- so why is it such a problem now?

Antibiotic Action

Antibiotic Action is an independent UK-led global initiative funded by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Antibiotic Action seeks to inform and educate all about the need for discovery, research and development of new treatments for bacterial infections.

Treatment of skin infections

New advice from NPS Medicinewise is available regarding treatment of skin and soft tissue infections, including bites. High rates of resistance are making it harder to empirically select antibiotics to treat Staphylococcus infections. As the skin is one of the most common sources of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus reduction of unnecessary prescribing for injuries could have […]

AAW on AIMED: our top ten posts

Just in case you missed them, here are the top ten most visited posts we have published over the last year. Special thanks to our audience – we target local prescribers and pharmacists primarily. We also appreciate the interactions with our international audience! 

Antibiotic Awareness Week : Resistance the Film

As part of Antibiotic Awareness Week NPS Medicinewise has organised a screening of the new movie Resistance. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion from local experts including microbiology, pharmacy, general practice and the NPS. Film description

Happy Halloween!

Need a Halloween costume? Beatrice the Biologist has a suggestion…

Helicobacter pylori antibiotic resistance dilemmas and key questions

Helicobacter pylori infection is thought to be the most common bacterial infection worldwide. Whilst the prevalence of H. pylori is decreasing rapidly in Europe, Australia and the USA, where on average 10-15% of the adult population are infected, it remains a significant problem in China, where serological studies in adults still show seroprevalence rates above 70%. Recent data from Auckland, New […]

What are cumulative antibiograms ?

Antibiograms summarise local antimicrobial susceptibility in order to guide appropriate antimicrobial prescribing. Ideally they are updated annually by microbiology services to provide a current  picture of bacterial susceptibility and the local incidence of key sentinel resistant pathogens.

Reducing ESBL Gram negative fluoroquinolone resistance – what is the ecological sweet spot for usage?

This excellent recent paper from Sarma et al brings focus on what the target level of quinolone use should be in order to have an impact on quinolone resistance in Enterobacteriaceae.  It describes the situation across a region of England (9 hospitals and other facilities) where quite stringent control of cephalosporin use was already in place […]

Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy: Objective One, Education- What does it mean for HNE?

Objective One of the recently released strategy aims to increase awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance, its implications and actions to combat it, through effective communication, education and training. Antimicrobial resistance affects everyone. Increased public awareness has been identified as a key aspect to manage this threat by changing expectations regarding antibiotic prescriptions. Education of all prescribers […]