Tue, 05 November 2019
Experts have warned that indiscriminate use of antibiotics is having an adverse effect on human health with bacteria showing resistance to medication.
In order to curtail the overuse of antibiotics among patients, Bahrain Specialist Hospital has implemented an Antibiotic Stewardship Programme that helps minimise prescription of the drugs to bare necessity.
The hospital has dedicated necessary human, financial and information technology resources for the effective execution of the programme and it is regularly monitoring antibiotic prescribing and resistance patterns, alongside regularly reporting information on antibiotic use and resistance to doctors, nurses and relevant staff while educating clinicians on resistance and optimal prescribing.
“When bacteria are regularly exposed to antibiotics, they begin to show strong resistance to the medicine, a characteristic that is passed on when they multiply. Not only that, they can transfer this resistance to other bacteria as well,” says Dr Kasim Ardati, the hospital’s MD.