Antimicrobial Stewardship in Managing URTIs
22 Jul 2020
Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), in general, are caused by viral pathogens and do not require antibiotics; however, several cases have ended up with inappropriate antibiotic prescription. This may lead to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which in turn can result in increased risk of the spread of infection, increased cost of treatment and even increased number of fatalities due to antibiotic-resistant infections.
Professor Roman Kozlov, the rector of Smolensk State Medical University and Chief Specialist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation on Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance, discusses in this webcast the global problem of antibiotic overprescription in URTI and its implications to health. He also discusses the correct approach to URTI management.