A Super Public Health Issue: "Superbugs"
The World Health Organization's (WHO) recent report, Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveillance 2014, highlights the growing issue of multidrug-resistant organisms or "superbugs" - which stems in large part from the misuse of antibiotics.
In support of appropriate antibiotic stewardship, The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is featuring some resources and training designed to improve the public's health.
Infection Prevention in the Age of Superbugs
To make sure you are up to date with pertinent antibiotic resistance information, use Infection Prevention in the Age of Superbugs: A Basic Course and Toolkit for Healthcare Settings. This toolkit addresses antibiotic resistance and describes how healthcare workers can reduce hospital associated infection rates and care for patients with multi-drug resistant organisms.
Clean Hands Save Lives
Proper hand hygiene is one of the best ways to combat antibiotic resistance. Clean Hands Save Lives - Hand Hygiene Poster promotes provider and patient safety by highlighting various "bugs" that may be found on unclean hands that can lead to infection.
MRSA: Skin Infection Signs and Symptoms
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a microorganism with a serious threat level.
CDC Learning Connection
CDC Learning Connection is a one-stop learning resource that can help increase public health knowledge and skills and meet professional development needs.
The public health resources can be accessed by public health and healthcare professionals, as well as the general public.
About the Learning Resource Center
PHF's Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides public health, health care, and others with high quality training materials at an affordable price. These informative materials cover areas such as quality improvement, performance management, infectious diseases, epidemiology, preparedness, and immunization. Materials are available in a variety of formats, including print, software, guides, and brochures.
Contact Antoinette Barber if your organization would like to partner with LRC to offer your public health products to a wider audience.
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