The European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is an annual European public health initiative that takes place on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent antibiotic use. The latest data confirms that across the European Union the number of patients infected by resistant bacteria is increasing and that antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health. Prudent use of antibiotics can help stop resistant bacteria from developing and help keep antibiotics effective for the use of future generations.
As part of the European Federation of Nurses (EFN) initiative, in conjunction with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), affiliated National Nursing Associations (NNAs) were asked to create awareness regarding antibiotic use amongst healthcare workers (nurses/midwives). INMO President, Martina Harkin-Kelly took part in this iniative in recognition of 'European Antiobiotic Awareness Day'. Please see video below.
Links to the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) website and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases can be accessed here: https://ecdc.europa.eu www.hpsc.ie