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Antimicrobial resistance: nurses’ role in fighting this global health threat

Nurses are on the front line in the struggle to stem resistance to antimicrobials, which seriously endangers modern medicine and healthcare

Nurses are on the front line in the struggle to stem resistance to antimicrobials, which seriously endangers modern medicine and healthcare

  • Resistance to antibiotics is growing, making medicines ineffective
  • Their misuse, such as for viruses like colds and flu, is hastening this process
  • Poor infection control, sanitation and food handling are also responsible
  • Loss of antibiotics would raise risk of dying from common infections and minor injuries

Imagine a world in which last century’s medical breakthroughs are lost and curable infectious diseases once again become untreatable.

This new world would render routine surgery such as caesarean sections and hip replacements life-threatening, and bring perilous risk to common procedures including organ transplants, diabetes management and cancer chemotherapy. Drugs used in the fight against conditions such as tuberculosis, HIV and malaria would begin to cease working.

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