Fighting a Global Threat: CDC & Partners Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Fighting a Global Threat: CDC & Partners Combat Antibiotic Resistance

More and more bacteria were becoming resistant spreading across the globe very soon, we will not have enough antibiotics to treat infections. This is a major public health problem that needs to be solved. We need to assist each other. We really need to do more. At CDC we work a lot with our partners internationally to detect and respond to threats that are current healthcare, like antibiotic resistance. One of the ways to make a difference is through using existing technology to help us think about problems differently. One of the ways we’re doing this is through an app called Acumen that we are piloting in Colombia. With the Acumen application, you have the guidelines of all the antibiotic use in the hospital, and the guidelines of infection prevention and control. The contact precautions, airborne precautions, all the isolations and the hand hygiene too. For the patients, the best benefit of this application is to have the right antibiotic. Knowing the right antibiotic in the right time, in the right dose, for the right patients, I think it makes a huge impact. The ECHO model is another way that we’re using existing technology, something that’s as simple as a webcam, as a way to teach laboratorians how can we better use the microscopes and the equipment that they have to bolster their training so that we can better detect antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Because we won’t be able to do anything about the bacteria if we don’t know it’s there. By using virtual connectivity, 100 if not 150 participants, can connect in at any one given time. We can create a safe haven for the participants where they’re able to come in on a peer-to-peer level. Where they feel free to ask questions amongst themselves, to know how to find where the problem was and correct it so that the next time, it doesn’t happen again. What CDC has recognized is that technology is really critical. But what’s also really important is having that human interaction, having that mentorship and that training. We were called to assist this really large public hospital because they were seeing high rates of resistant bacteria. We were able to identify what are the major gaps that could be addressed, and importantly how can we make those changes last over a long period of time? We focused at three areas. One area was safe preparation of medication. The other part we looked at was to have the expert in infection control visiting our unit regularly to assist that IPC nurse in terms of training and supervising. But to me even much more important is the pharmacist is monitoring medication errors, checking as to the usage of antibiotics. The role of a clinical pharmacist is highly, highly, highly important. To look after our antibiotics, to prescribe correctly, to control antibiotic usage in the hospital. And our goal is that no mother would take her baby home as a corpse from this unit. Because these antibiotic- resistant bacteria are actually spreading from one person to another person, to communities and even across borders, we all have a role to play because we all have a stake in the outcome. We really need more commitments and we really need more action. Whether you’re the head of a country, the head of a hospital, or even just the head of a household, I think there are a lot of things that you can do together to effectively impact this epidemic. [Music]

5 Replies to “Fighting a Global Threat: CDC & Partners Combat Antibiotic Resistance”

  1. CDC ignoring Biofilm leading to all chronic diseases including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes etc. leading to those pathogens becoming antibiotic resistant and CDC presenting different ethnicities to hopefully impose an illusion of a non racist agenda? Cdc is ridiculously racist with some shills peppered in ergo ignoring Biofilm and USA300-st8. Only question is, 'is the CDC more racist than the Dept. Of Health?'

  2. And who said only 1 antibiotic need be used when combinations are known to be effective in persistent bacteria or other treatments a century + old? Used car salesmen are more honest than the CDC and saints in comparison

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