Antibiotic resistance causes 1.27 million deaths per year
Immediate actions are required to decrease the global burden of antimicrobial resistance
A recent study published new estimates about the burden of antibiotic resistance in 204 countries. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been recognized as a major global health concern already for a long time. The study revealed that antibiotic resistance is even more serious global health problem than previously considered and threatens especially low-income countries and low-resource health systems. According to the study, 1.27 million deaths were directly associated with antibiotic resistance worldwide. More than 70% of deaths were caused by resistance to first-line antibiotics, such as carbapenems, cephalosporins, and penicillin that are often prescribed directly for serious infections, without proper diagnostic testing.
More attention and effort are needed to stop the development of antimicrobial resistance. Using antibiotics only when necessary and only for bacterial infections is one of the main targets in AMR intervention strategy, the study states. Infrastructure that allows physicians to make an accurate and rapid diagnosis is crucial to stop unnecessary antibiotic prescribing.
Testing before prescribing using fast and precise point of care tests is one step forward in tackling AMR. Aidian takes part in supporting antimicrobial stewardship and sustainable healthcare practices.
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