Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an annual effort to coordinate the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, and nonprofit and for-profit partners during a one-week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. It runs the week of Nov. 12-18 this year.
Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. But these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. People infected with antimicrobial-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer, more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection.
The Get Smart About Antiobiotics Week website provides resources and tools that PAs can use to educate their patients about antibiotic resistance and appropriate use of antibiotics. Tools are also available for PAs to adhere to appropriate prescribing guidelines.