Antibiotics & Healthcare Providers
Materials to Use with Patients
This sheet can be used with patients (adults and children) who have a suspected viral infection.
It provides information about symptomatic relief for infections and indicates when patients should consider a return visit. (Click the picture to enlarge.)
• Request free printed copies of the prescription pad
Talking with Patients about When to Use Antibiotics
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Complementing the prescription pad, this document provides information on how to talk to patients about requests for antibiotics for viral infections. It provides suggestions to help you promote appropriate antibiotic use with your patients. This document is a resource in development. Please let us know what you think about its usefulness and effectiveness.
We recognize that antimicrobial resistance is not an issue that can be solved by only hospitals or governments. It is an issue that must be addressed collaboratively, by all the human, animal, and environmental health disciplines affected:
- Food Animal Production
- Northern and Remote Communities
- Community (British Columbia example)
There are also a number of factsheets from the Public Health Agency of Canada on key antimicrobial resistance issues, including Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, Salmonella, and NDM-1, tuberculosis.
The Canadian Paediatric Society also provides information on antibiotic use in children.
Following evidence-based guidelines is an important step toward limiting the development of antibiotic resistance:
- the Bugs and Drugs book provides comprehensive recommendations for antibiotic use in communities and hospitals
- the Canadian Paediatric Society provides position statements and notes on how to manage infectious diseases in your patients
- Clinical Practice Guidelines from the College of Family Physicians of Canada
- Evidence-based guidelines from Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC)
Other Resources for You and/or Your Clients
- Antibiotic (Antimicrobial) Resistance: Public Health Agency of Canada
- Antibiotic Resistance Awareness Materials: Public Health Agency of Canada
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Ontario Hospital Association & Public Health Ontario
- Do Bugs Need Drugs? Community education program with material for children, parents, schools, and health care professionals
- Caring for Kids: Canadian Paediatric Society’s website for parents on how to care for children when they are ill
- Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work – Antibiotic awareness program by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) targeting health care providers and general public, with information, podcasts, and promotional material on respiratory illnesses and antimicrobial resistance
- Six Smart Facts About Antibiotic Use: CDC
- Runny Nose Q&A: (CDC)
- 10 facts on antimicrobial resistance: WHO
- Antibiotics: NPS Medicinewise (Australia)
- Webinars: archived recordings from previous Antibiotic Awareness Weeks