WARNING in Surgery

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as one of the principal public health problems of the 21st century. This has resulted in a public health crisis of international concern, which threatens the practice of modern medicine, animal health and food security. The substantial problem of antimicrobial resistance is especially relevant to antibiotic resistance, although antifungal resistance is increasing at an alarming rate.

Antibiotics can be life-saving when treating bacterial infections but are often used inappropriately, specifically when unnecessary or when administered for excessive durations or without consideration of pharmacokinetic principles. Large variations in antibiotic consumption exist between countries and whilst excessive use remains a major problem in some areas of the world, elsewhere there is lack of access to many antimicrobial agents. AMR is a natural phenomenon that occurs as microbes evolve. However, human activities have accelerated the pace at which bacteria develop and disseminate resistance. Inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans and food-producing animals, as well as poor infection prevention and control practices, contribute to the development and spread of AMR.

The webinar meeting will be free and will be accessible to all in all parts of the world. After your registration we will send you the invitation letter with links to access the free platform.

The web meeting will highlight the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance and the need for appropriate use of antibiotics and antifungal agents in hospitals worldwide with particular reference to surgical infections. As such it is our intent to raise awareness amongst healthcare workers and to improve antibiotic prescribing.

The Global Alliance for Infections in Surgery, the World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES), the Surgical Infection Society (SIS), the Surgical Infection Society Europe (SIS-E), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) the World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAR), the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the Italian Society of Anti-Infective Therapy (SITA) have joined the webinar meeting.


Massimo Sartelli

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