In May 2015 delegates at the World Health Assembly, endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance - including antibiotic resistance, the most urgent drug resistance trend
The resolution urges member states to put the plan into action, adapting it to their national priorities and specific contexts and mobilizing additional resources for its implementation.
The action plan sets out 5 objectives:
- improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance
- strengthen surveillance and research
- reduce the incidence of infection
- optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines
- ensure sustainable investment in countering antimicrobial resistance
The situation with antimicrobial resistance further triggered leading international companies, as well as key industry bodies, to come together in Davos in Switzerland during the World Economic Forum in January 2016 to call on governments and industry to work together in taking comprehensive action against Antimicrobial Resistance. The declaration points out some very relevant areas as it calls for fast and accurate POC diagnostics and also requests prompt decisions on improved reimbursement that reflects the benefits they bring. Rapid POCT alternatives are a central part of the solution to the over prescription problem of antibiotics.
HemoCue, with a strong presence in point-of-care testing, was represented by Global Clinical & Scientific Affairs Manager, Miss Annika Eriksson, at the recently MED CHINA convention in Beijing where the topic was further discussed. She mentioned in her presentation that the majority of Swedish hospitals, including community health service centers, have a laboratory which is equipped with rapid diagnostic tools that can ensure the basic diagnosis of common diseases.
Can a white blood cell rapid point-of-care device provide guidance for more appropriate antibiotic prescriptions? Miss Annika Eriksson said that bacterial and viral infections can both have very common symptoms, such as fever, sore throat etc. The number of white blood cells can help indicate if a bacterial infection is present or not and if antibiotics are needed. For primary health care institutions, it is very important to have access to rapid diagnostic tools since it can facilitate quicker and more appropriate decisions in clinical diagnosis.
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