N.D.(Nicole Peske) – During National Antibiotic Awareness Week,
November 13-19, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH)
asks providers and their patients to work together in the effort to
fight the spread of antibiotic resistance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that preventing
infections and improving antibiotic prescribing could save 37,000
lives from drug-resistant infections over the course of five years,”
said Faye Salzer, healthcare-associated infections coordinator with
the NDDoH. “We can win this fight if we all work together to combat
NDDoH is asking patients to do the following:
· Ask your provider if there are other things you can do to feel better
instead of taking antibiotics. Antibiotics do not cure viral
infections such as colds, the flu, most sore throats, coughs,
bronchitis (“chest colds”), or sinus and ear infections.
· Don’t insist that your provider give you antibiotics when they
don’t think you need them.
· If you are prescribed antibiotics, use them as directed. Do not skip
a dose or stop taking them, unless directed to do so by your
· Only use antibiotics that are prescribed to you. Do not share
leftover antibiotics with others.
· Educate yourself about antibiotic resistance.
addition, several health care providers and organizations have
partnered to provide education to their members on how to prevent the
misuse of antibiotics and reduce antibiotic resistance. These
partners include the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians, North
Dakota Chapter of the American College of Physicians, North Dakota
Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as health
insurance plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and
the Sanford Health Plan.
NDDoH is asking the public to help spread the word about antibiotic
resistance. Follow the NDDoH, Division of Disease Control, Facebook
page at www.facebook.com/NDDiseaseControl and share posts with family
and friends. The NDDoH will be sharing prevention tips, podcasts, and
information throughout the week.