Ten top tips: reducing antibiotic resistance

2014, Vol 5, No 4, pages 4–8

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s 2014 report on global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance reveals that antibiotic resistance is no longer a prediction for the future; it is happening now, across the world. This has been driven by antibiotic overuse in humans and food-producing animals, globalisation, and suboptimal infection control. Underuse and misuse of medicines also contribute to the problem, and sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics used in animal-rearing can result in resistant microorganisms, which can spread to humans.

Authors

  • Geoff Sussman

    Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Terry Swanson

    Nurse Practitioner, South West Healthcare, Australia

  • Joyce Black

    Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA

  • Rose Cooper

    Professor of Microbiology, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff, Wales

  • Greg Schultz

    Professor, Institute for Wound Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

  • Jacqui Fletcher

    Clinical Strategy Director, Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, Cardiff, UK

  • Di Smith

    Senior Staff Specialist, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia