World Antibiotic Awareness Week

November 12 – 17, 2018 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week

How much do you know about antibiotic resistance? Take our simple quiz for a chance to win a gift from the AMS team. This year’s theme is “Change Can’t Wait. Our time with antibiotics is running out.” The NSHA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program looks forward to working with you in the next year to ensure our patients are getting the right antibiotics when they need them. 

To try out the quiz visit: 

https://survey.nshealth.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n25J3674

Here are 4 quick Antimicrobial Resistance Facts 

1. Antimicrobial resistance can affect anyone, at any age with any illness.

2. C. difficile caused more than 500,000 infections and 29,000 deaths in one year in the United States

3. Antimicrobial resistant infections could cause more deaths globally in 2050 than cancer 

4. In Canada, 23 million antibiotic prescriptions are dispensed annually, many of which are unnecessary. For more information please refer to Choosing Wisely Canada’s recommendations for respiratory infections (https://choosingwiselycanada.org/campaign/antibiotics

Check out Mary’s story or Tatiana’s story of their battles with antimicrobial resistant infections and maybe you too can become a “Resistance Fighter”.