Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 – Stewards Needed!


30 Oct 2017

Antibiotic resistance has been identified as one of the biggest public health threats of our time. With mounting numbers of infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria and a lack of new antimicrobial agents in development, a crisis is slowly emerging.

Antibiotic stewardship (in other words, using antibiotics wisely) is an important way we can help thwart this crisis; but a concerted effort is required, from hospitals to the community, from human use to agriculture, from clinicians to the general public. We all need to be antibiotic stewards!

From November 13th to 19th, 2017, countries all over the world recognize Antibiotic Awareness Week. The aim of this week is to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and how we can better use antibiotics to prevent this growing problem.

This year, Public Health Ontario (PHO) has partnered with Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) to create an exciting antibiotic awareness campaign to help spread the message! Of more than 200 Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations, over 20 encourage antibiotic stewardship. Check out key recommendations here:

Join in the conversation on social media by following our Twitter – don’t forget to use the hashtag #SaveABX!

Already a steward in your healthcare setting? Check out our ASP resources.

Are you a clinician interested in learning more? Join us for our November 14 webinar.

Management of community-acquired infections: A case-based approach to improve antibiotic use

During this webinar, Dr. Kevin Schwartz will discuss commonly encountered infections in community practice. This case-based presentation will provide practical tips to help improve the management of these infections and use antibiotics more appropriately to preserve their effectiveness into the future.

Date: November 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Registration: No registration required! Simply join in on our webinar -

Call in details:

  • 1-416-850-2050
  • Participant Code: 14596671

Keep exploring Antibiotic Awareness Week! Here’s a list of some of the participating organizations in Canada and around the world and links to their resources:

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Updated 30 Oct 2017