New Mexico Department of Health highlights efforts to decrease antibiotic resistance

Posted at: 11/09/2012 12:56 PM
By: staff

The New Mexico Department of Health is participating in “Get Smart about Antibiotics” campaign.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday that it is participating in the CDC sponsored “Get Smart about Antibiotics” campaign that runs from November 12 through 18, 2012.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats.

“This is an important opportunity to inform healthcare providers and patients that overuse of antibiotics has led to antibiotic-resistance in bacteria and bacterial ‘superbugs,” said State Epidemiologist Michael Landen, M.D., MPH. “As a result, some bacterial infections can no longer be treated with antibiotics.”

Patients must take steps to reduce antibiotic resistance. Patients need to remember that antibiotics are of no use in treating most common viral, and even some common bacterial, upper respiratory infections.

However, when a healthcare provider prescribes an antibiotic, take it as directed, take all the doses as prescribed and never share antibiotics with friends or family members.

Appropriate use of antibiotics can limit the spread of antibiotic resistance and preserve antibiotics for the future.

Promoting appropriate antibiotic use is an important component of the department’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Program.

The program works with healthcare facilities and providers statewide. It recognizes that a critical component in preventing healthcare-associated infections is appropriate antibiotic use.

For more information about when and when not to use antibiotics, go to the department’s antibiotics webpage here.

You can also click here to learn more about the department’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Program.