European Antibiotic Awareness Day - 18th November 2016

Posted by Denplan on 18/11/2016
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Denplan is showing its support for European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November by encouraging our members to take more care with antibiotics in a bid to slow down the rate of antimicrobial resistance.

It is estimated that each year, 25,000 people in Europe and 700,000 worldwide, die from antibiotic-resistant infections. The Government predicts that by 2050, drug-resistant infections could kill an extra 10 million people across the world – that is more than cancer. The effectiveness of antibiotics is fast-reducing and means that even treating minor infections is more difficult as bacteria increasingly become resistant. And without effective antibiotics, modern medicine will become more dangerous due to the risk of infection.

Dr Catherine Rutland, Head of Professional Support Services at Denplan, says: “This initiative is so important for us, as professionals, to support and to make us review our prescribing patterns. It is also important that we educate our patients in the dangers of antimicrobial resistance.”

There are a number of ways that you, as a dental professional, can get behind European Antibiotic Awareness Day – and they are all very simple:

  • A dental antimicrobial stewardship toolkit, available on the FGDP website, has been developed by the Dental Subgroup of (ESPAUR) in collaboration with FGDP, BDA and Dental Protection.
  • Make a simple pledge and become an Antibiotic Guardian. Choose from a selection of pledges and share it across your practice, patients and social media networks
  • Join in the EAAD Thunderclap on 30 November at 5pm via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

In the UK, dentists account for 9% of all antibiotics prescribed in community healthcare services, and we all have a responsibility to reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed inappropriately to manage dental infections. Clinical intervention should normally be used to manage dental infections rather than the prescription of antibiotics.

  • Dental pain should be managed by definitive management of the cause and where appropriate the use of analgesics.
  • It is important to discuss with patients the diagnosis and options for management of dental pain.
  • Spreading the word about antimicrobial resistance will help save lives.

Today, on European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the English surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance (ESPAUR) Report 2016 has been published. Click here to view the report.