Antibiotic Awareness Week in Canada: NOV 13-19, 2017

NCCID has participated in Antibiotic Awareness Week in Canada since 2010. Our Centre works to raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance (AMR), antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial-resistant organisms (ARO). Together with our partners, we promote the prudent use of antibiotics to fight the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. focuses on the relationship between doctors and patients. We offer practical tools and information to practitioners (including our prescription pads), as well as webinars presenting the latest information on antimicrobial resistance.

We link to materials produced by other organizations, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, to promote antibiotics awareness and responsible use. Through ongoing knowledge translation initiatives, NCCID aims to facilitate appropriate stewardship and surveillance, and we will continue to provide information to people who are interested in learning about AROs.

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New for 2017, NCCID issues a national ‘Thunderclap’—an on-line campaign that broadcasts one resounding antibiotic awareness message across multiple social media accounts all at the same time. It’s a wakeup call for Canadians to use antibiotics wisely, supported by healthcare organizations and patient safety proponents throughout Canada. Resources are shared to help professionals, patients, and members of the public to learn and do more to keep antibiotics working. Sign up today to help share a unified message this Antibiotic Awareness Week—it just takes one click!


Antibiotics & Healthcare Providers

The following materials offer practical ways to inform and interact with your patients.

Prescription pads

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To be used with patients (adults and children) who have a suspected viral infection. Provides information about symptomatic relief for infections and indicates when patients should consider a return visit. (Click picture to enlarge.)

Talking with Patients about When to Use Antibiotics

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.

Factsheets & Resources

  • the Public Health Agency of Canada offers a number of factsheets from 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
  • 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)