Antimicrobial resistance: nurses’ role in fighting a global health threat
Stephanie Jones-Berry Freelance health journalist
Nurses are on the front line in the struggle to halt resistance to antimicrobials, and there are plentiful ways in which they can help prevent the problem getting worse
Imagine a world in which the past century’s medical breakthroughs were lost and curable infectious diseases once again became untreatable. This new world would render routine surgery such as caesarean sections and hip replacements life-threatening, and bring added peril to procedures including organ transplants, diabetes management and cancer chemotherapy. Drugs used in the fight against conditions such as tuberculosis, HIV and malaria would begin to cease working.
Nursing Standard. 33, 1, 36-38. doi: 10.7748/ns.33.1.36.s14