On 13th November, for Antibiotic Awareness Week we held a Twitter Chat addressing common misconceptions about using antibiotics and resistance. Asking questions like: "why should I care about antibiotic use?" "Can I challenge my doctor?" "What is the difference between a bacteria and virus?" and "Can I get resistance from my cat?"
For our 3rd Anniversary and Antibiotic Awareness Week, we held an event to explore the human perspective of people who encounter superbugs in their everyday lives from patients and clinicians to innovators making diagnostics to reduce antibiotic resistance.
From penicillium mould grown from Alexander Fleming’s original sample, to leaf-cutter ants and their relationship with antibiotic-producing bacteria, and rapid diagnostic tests that could change the future of prescribing, the Science Museum London opens its new exhibit Superbugs: The fight for our lives today.
Following the launch of Public Health England’s new media campaign, ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’, Caroline Purslow, our new programme manager, discusses the latest antibiotic data and how the Longitude Prize can help keep antibiotics working.
Hand hygiene practices need to be made as simple as possible and healthcare workers really need to believe that they work to reduce infection, especially for low-resource maternity facilities, Giorgia Gon says.
Team Prismatix is working on a multifaceted test to determine what bacteria is causing an infection and which antibiotics will be the most effective, but their biggest challenge is making a rapid test that works within 30 minutes.
Mary is a survivor of sepsis and currently lives with a life threatening antibiotic resistant bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Here she tells her story of heart failure, being brought back to life, post-septic shock and her goal to continue educating people with her own experiences.