The discovery of penicillin and subsequent generations of antibiotics has been heralded as one of the biggest medical discoveries in history. Yet shortly after his discovery of penicillin in 1928, Dr Alexander Fleming warned of the dangers of resistance, and this fear has been proven to be accurate. Within a few years of the introduction of each new class of antibiotics, resistance was detected, helping drive the need for development of the next blockbuster antibiotic.
The pace of introducing new antibiotics has slowed to a crawl, but within the last decade, bacterial resistance to antibiotics appears to have grown more rapidly, leading to concerns about the “end of the antibiotic era” being on the horizon.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week takes place from 12-18 November. Diversey has published a short report on the “Implications of the Growing Antibiotic Resistance in Patient Care”, authored by Peter Teska, Infection Prevention Application Expert, and Jim Gauthier, Senior Clinical Advisor, at the company. This explains more about the subject and suggests some potential solutions to reduce the risks of resistance.