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Antimicrobial resistance: how you can make a difference

Feeling daunted by the AMR crisis? Here's how your daily practice can help turn the tide
Antimicrobial resistance

Feeling daunted by the AMR crisis? Here's how your daily practice can help turn the tide

  • While AMR is 'inevitable', its speed is accelerated by excessive, inappropriate and unnecessary use of antimicrobial treatments
  • Helping people improve their health and prevent long-term conditions will ultimately decrease reliance on antibiotics, say experts
  • Nurses should only be taking specimens when clinically indicated, not 'just in case'

With estimates suggesting that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will kill ten million people a year globally by 2050 – more than cancer and diabetes combined – can individual nurses do anything to help turn the tide?

The magnitude of the problem can leave healthcare professionals feeling helpless, agrees RCN professional lead on infection prevention and control Rose Gallagher. ‘It can be very hard for people to relate to the information about what’s likely to

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