Local guidelines for the judicious use of antibiotics must be developed, or else we may not be left with any antibiotics by 2030, medical experts said on Friday. The doctors from across the country and from abroad were debating the modalities of diagnosing and treating multi-drug-resistant bacteria, during the the ongoing 40th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists — MICROCON 2016 — at PGIMER.
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“The solutions need to address challenges peculiar to our country and the way we make liberal use of antibiotics in agriculture, industry, community and healthcare. Surveillance of antibiotic usage, education audits and feedback, identifying champions, antibiotic bundles and local data will be some key strategies to finding success,” said Professor Dilip Nathwani, speaking during the conference.
“Premier institutes like PGIMER can provide the regional leadership in the antimicrobial stewardship programme to bring about a change not just in the way we prescribe but also the collective mindset and behavior of doctors and community,” he added.
Doctors further said that antibiotics need to start early when required for better outcomes, but they also need to stop early. “One of the low hanging fruits to look at is surgical prophylaxis that does not warrant antibiotics beyond 24 or 48 hours. Institutions need to start measuring and monitoring their consumption and prescription patterns for improvement. Adoption of the WHO surgical safety checklist can be one of the ways to get this started,” experts said.
Experts from USA and Australia shared their experiences on challenging bacterial infections including prosthetic joint infections, which can be quite crippling. More than 400 scientific papers were presented on the opening day. The conference was inaugurated by Prof N K Ganguly, ex-director general of ICMR.
Additional AMRIT outlet opens at PGI One more outlet of AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) Pharmacy, was opened on Friday at PGIMER. The outlet, which was opened near the Advanced Eye Centre, was inaugurated by Professor Subhash Varma, Acting Director, PGI.
A similar outlet was recently opened in the Advanced Cardiac Centre. The first AMRIT outlet was opened in PGIMER, Chandigarh, in April 2016. According to PGIMER, these outlets serve a large number of patients from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and other parts of North India by providing branded medicines at a discount ranging from 30% to 60%.