Like many others, I am keeping a close eye on the UK Government’s commissioned ‘Review on AMR’. The Review team have been tremendously productive over the last few years, already releasing detailed reports on:
- Vaccines and antimicrobial sparing approaches to therapy
- Reduing antimicrobial use in agriculture and the environment
- Assuring a safe, secure, and controlled supply chain for antimicrobials
- Developing and embracing rapid diagnostics
- Developing new antimicrobials
- Overview of intial steps
- The impact of AMR
The Review recently published a summary of their reports to date, which I found extremely useful and thought I’d share.
The next report to be released with be on infection prevention and control. I’ve felt for some time that all the good work that is going into using existing antimicrobials sparingly, developing new antimicrobials, alternative therapeutic approaches, and improving diagnostics is really only delaying the inevitable. In this game of cat and mouse, microbes will find a way to circumvent whatever approach we take to treating them once an infection has been established. So it seems to me that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and so I antipate eagerly the findings of the Review’s report on infection prevention and control!