ANTIBIOTIC STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE
The Importance of Antibiotic Stewardship
When a person is already suffering from a primary infection, it can weaken their immune system and leave them more vulnerable to secondary bacterial infections. These infections can be life-threatening, especially in healthcare facilities where the wrong use of antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Individuals with weakened immune systems or chronic conditions are particularly vulnerable.
To prevent secondary infections, a strong antibiotic stewardship program is critical. This program should involve appropriate antibiotic use, monitoring resistance patterns, and educating healthcare providers and patients on the risks and benefits of antibiotic therapy. Early detection and prompt treatment can significantly improve patient outcomes.