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ESNO, Specialist Nurses Position Statment on AMR

ESNO POSITION STATEMENT ON ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE Brussels, 08-11-2018

‘Specialist Nurses with key roles in tackling AMR’
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents a serious public health threat, with an estimated 10 million people predicted to die globally from multidrug-resistance infections every year by 2050 if urgent action is not taken[1]. As caregivers for an increasing number of patients with multidrug-resistant infections, health care professionals play a crucial role in addressing AMR[2]with nurses both in Europe and worldwide who are on the frontline of the AMR crisis. Nurses observe first-hand how multidrug-resistant infections lead to longer hospital stays, higher health care costs and increased mortality.
Nurses play several central roles in tackling AMR: infection control and prevention, advocating for rational antibiotic use and educating patients and their families on the responsible use of antibiotics. Firstly, nurses are involved in the preparation, administration an…