JPMC launches antibiotic handbook

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

JERUDONG Park Medical Centre (JPMC) yesterday launched its Handbook on Antibiotic Guidelines 2016 in a bid to promote responsible antibiotic use in the country.

Designed for use by physicians handling antibiotic therapy, the handbook provides practical recommendations on the drugs and doses that should be administered for various types of infections.

JPMC Executive Director and Medical Director Dato Paduka Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar launched the book, during the closing of a half-day conference hosted by JMPC in conjunction with International Infection Prevention Week at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

He said that improving the use of antibiotics is an important patient safety and public health issue, as well as a national priority.

In a message published in the handbook, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Md Isham said that the World Health Organisation’s 2014 report on global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance revealed that antimicrobial resistance is prevalent across the world, and is putting at the risk the ability to treat common infections in the community and hospitals.

“Without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries – which have been treatable for decades – can once again become the source of infection-related morbidity and mortality,” he said.

He said that the misuse of antibiotics has also contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, which has become one of the most serious and growing threats to public health.

“Unlike other medications, the potential for spread of resistant organisms means that the misuse of antibiotics can adversely impact the health of patients who are not even exposed to them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the JPMC Antibiotic Stewardship Committee Dr Meera Sahib Kabeer, said that the handbook will be disseminated to the Ministry of Health as well as private clinics.

“Antimicrobial resistance is closely linked to overuse of antibiotics, and it is estimated that more than 50 per cent of hospitals use (antibiotics) inappropriately,” Dr Kabeer said, in a foreword published in the handbook.

The Brunei Times