Studies indicate that 30-50% of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are unnecessary or inappropriate. This webpage contains resources that you can utilize to become aware of safe and effective use of antibiotics.
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Video: Overuse of Antibiotics: Dr. Vanessa McKenzie, an urgent care specialist, discusses the overuse of antibiotics. Viruses for which antibiotics are not useful cause many regular colds. Using antibiotics for these viral illnesses has significant problems for everyone, including drug resistant bacteria. Memphis, TN. Source: VideoMd Website
Video: Are Antibiotics Always Needed for an Ear Infection: Dr. Allison Brindle, a pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic, discusses how children with ear infections are best treated. She says that sometimes it is best to wait and watch children without antibiotics, with careful monitoring by a pediatrician. Even if there is fluid in the ear, causing ear pain, antibiotics may not be indicated. Source: VideoMd Website
Video: Statewide Health Campaign Hopes to End Antibiotic Abuse in NC : Dr Allen Mask reports on the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in NC. Source: WRAL
Why Isn’t My Dr Giving Me an Antibiotics – an article written by two primary care physicians of Wake Med Health and Hospital, Dr. John Holly and Dr. Brian Klausner that explains appropriate treatments for cold and bronchitis.
Local NC Prescription Drug Drop Off Sites – Need to know where to take unused medications in your area? Find a location here.
CDC Get Smart Website – The CDC website is a great resource for you to learn more about safe and effective antibiotic use.
Healthcare Provider Resources
Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 14- 18. 2016.
Access useful resources for provider and patient education on the importance of prescribing and using antibiotics wisely.