doctors warn over-use of antibiotics raises risk of 'superbugs'
doctors in the Burnham-On-Sea area are joining with public health
experts to warn that unless patients stop over-using antibiotics
they increase the likelihood of new and more dangerous antibiotic
resistant superbugs taking hold in this country.
spread of resistant bacteria in hospitals and community healthcare
settings is already a major patient safety issue, says Somerset
Clinical Commissioning Group.
warn that unless fewer antibiotics are prescribed and those that
are prescribed are taken correctly, there is a risk that new strains
of antibiotic-resistant superbugs could pose a risk
to the health of millions.
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge still find patients demanding
antibiotics believing that a common cold or flu can be 'cured'
by taking them, when in fact they have no effect upon such viruses.
remain an effective treatment for bacterial infections but only
when they are taken in the prescribed way. Too often patients
fail to complete a course of prescribed antibiotics because they
start to feel better and believe they have overcome their infection.
Ed Ford, Somerset CCGs Urgent Care Lead, said: "In
winter family doctors expect to see many more patients with colds
and coughs and many will ask for antibiotics believing they are
a quick cure. They are not."
should not feel offended if we advise taking some over-the-counter
cold remedies from their local pharmacist as these are much more
likely to relieve their symptoms."
elderly patients and people living with long-term ill health conditions,
the seasonal flu vaccination still offers better protection to
yourself and those around you."
Green, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Groups Medicines
Management Lead and Antibiotics Guardian, added: "We still
take antibiotics for granted, believing that there will always
be one available to treat an infection."
"Unfortunately, bacteria resistance to antibiotics is a real
and growing problem and one that we are seeing throughout hospitals
and healthcare settings in Somerset and all over England and Europe."
patients we have to use antibiotic appropriately and accept the
doctors advice if they tell us antibiotics are not necessary
or will be ineffective such as when we have a bad cold."
can play an important role in reducing the risk of antibiotic
resistance by not visiting the doctor but caring for ourselves
with lots of fluids and paracetamol when we have a viral infection
such as a cold; preventing infection through appropriate vaccination
such as the Flu jab; Washing hands and childrens hands regularly,
for instance after sneezing or coughing before touching other
things or people; always use antibiotics under medical prescription,
not using 'leftovers' or antibiotics obtained without a prescription.