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Issue 68: Antibiotic Awareness Week
As Antibiotic Awareness Week comes to a close, we would like to highlight some resources that will help us reinforce the facts behind antimicrobial resistance and engage patients in this very important issue.
Resource 1:

Choosing Wisely - The Cold Standard Toolkit

  • This toolkit provides relevant resources related to the primary care antibiotics campaign and simple ways to incorporate antimicrobial stewardship into your work or practice.
Resource 2:

College of Family Physicians of Canada - Webinar

  • Join us on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for a one-hour live-stream webinar, “Using Antibiotics Wisely—a family medicine antimicrobial stewardship campaign.” Please use this link to join the event.
  • Dr. Allan Grill will discuss point-of-care tools to help family doctors engage in a dialogue with patients to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. Antibiotic overuse is recognized as a contributor to antibiotic resistance and a pressing concern in the primary care setting. Family physicians play a key role in influencing practice change. This webinar is available in English only.
  • These one-credit-per-hour group learning activities have been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for up to one Mainpro+® certified credit per live webinar. For more information about upcoming events please visit the CFPC web page.
  • If you miss a webinar, recordings are available online. Recorded webinars are eligible for non-certified credits in the Self-Learning category. Mainpro+® participants may also earn certified credits by completing a Linking Learning exercise.
Resource 3:

The Council of Canadian Academies - Report

  • For a deeper dive into this topic, The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), whose aim is to “inform decision-making with evidence”, released a report from their expert panel on the potential socio-economic impacts of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Canada. The report, titled "When Antibiotics Fail", examines current and future impacts of AMR.
  • Their projections are indeed chilling and if one is not convinced that we need to act now, this report is a wake up call.
  • Read the full report here.
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