By the bioMérieux Connection Editors
Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. At bioMérieux, ensuring the efficacy of antibiotics for future generations is central to our company mission. As part of our efforts, bioMérieux funds the Global Point Prevalence Survey (Global-PPS), managed by the University of Antwerp in Belgium, to help track antibiotic usage at hospitals around the globe. In just three years, it has become one of the largest antibiotic utilization surveys in the world.
Accurately tracking antibiotic use is a critical part of any hospital’s antibiotic stewardship program because it provides insight into prescribing practices. By aggregating data from hospitals all over the world, participating institutions can also see how their data compares with others’ globally.
Antibiotic resistance is not an issue that any single institution, company, or individual can solve on their own. Everyone must work together and play their role to reduce the risks that antibiotic resistance poses to society. For hospitals, that means ensuring they have a robust antibiotic stewardship program, helping to educate patients, and taking actions like joining the Global Point Prevalence Survey to add their data and expand the insights available for hospitals worldwide.
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