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21 November 2022

Antimicrobial Week 18-24 November Week

This year's theme is 'Preventing antimicrobial resistance together'. Antimicrobial Week aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and encourage best practice.
Antimicrobials flow chart

As you can see from the chart, there is a very good reason why antimicrobial medication (an agent that kills micro-organisms or stops their growth)  should not be the first step in tackling infection and illness. Different infections require a different approach according to their cause. Sadly inappropriate use of antimicrobials has resulted in organisms that are resistant to their effects which means we have fewer effective products.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) takes place from Friday 18 November to Thursday 24 November. This global campaign promotes awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and encourages best practice among healthcare professionals and the public.

To coincide with WAAW, NHS England have published a co-signed letter with UKHSA asking system leaders and healthcare professionals to consider taking specific actions to help address the threat of AMR.

Inappropriate use of antibiotics impacts the NHS today, often leading to repeat primary care consultations, more hospital admissions and longer lengths of stay. It is vital that organisations have strategic plans in place to tackle this important public health challenge and improve infection prevention, diagnosis and treatment across all care pathways.

Addressing the threat of AMR will help to protect patients and communities. You can read their letter here: NHS England » World antimicrobial awareness week 2022

Healthcare professionals can find out more about best practice at a series of WAAW webinars this week, run by NHS England’s Antimicrobial Resistance Programme team. Register here:  World Antimicrobial Awareness Week – Daily Webinars | NHS England Events.