Report from June 2016 roundtable gathering over 50 experts, key influencers and stakeholders in the fields of antimicrobial stewardship and resistance to begin developing a Canadian multi-sectoral Antimicrobial Stewardship Action Plan, spanning hospital, long-term care and community settings.
Toronto: June 16-17, 2016 Co-hosts: NCCID and HealthCareCAN Facilitator: Dorothy Strachan, Strachan-Tomlinson Summary: Over 50 “Champions of Change”—experts, key influencers and stakeholders in the fields of antimicrobial stewardship and resistance—gathered to help build a national action plan for antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). (A draft action plan will be posted soon). Discussion began with certain assumptions about what…
Knowledge of the various contexts in which antimicrobials are used, such as human health, animal health, and agriculture, is required to get a complete picture of what is causing this unprecedented acceleration of resistance and what can be done to reverse it.
The authors conducted a review of peer-review literature and analyzed terminology usage. The intent of this document is to provide public health practitioners and policy makers across disciplines with a lexicon that can lead to consensus.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) refers to changes in infectious organisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites) so that they can no longer be controlled or treated effectively by standard drugs such as antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals. AMR is an increasingly serious threat to public health and NCCID works with partners across the country to provide evidence and resources on AMR surveillance and antimicrobial use (AMU).