Avoid AMR in wound care

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Antibiotics
(Source: Medlineplus)

Jakarta, IO – The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that AMR is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity, particularly developing countries, and could surge more than ten-fold to 10 million deaths annually by 2050. In 2030, it is estimated that worldwide use of antibiotics will increase by 30%, even increasing by 200% if AMR is not properly handled. Regarding the economic burden attributable to AMR, the latest data from the World Bank shows that AMR will increase poverty and have an impact, especially on low-income countries. Studies show that the annual global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could fall by around 1% and cause a 5-7% loss in developing countries by 2050. 

“Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites mutate over time and no longer respond to drugs, making infections more difficult to treat and increasing the risk of spreading disease and death. Globally, an AMR control action is already under way, one aspect of which is implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS), a strategy to combat the increase in AMR by focusing on the appropriate use of antimicrobials by health professionals, following established rules and guidelines, improving patient care outcomes, reducing microbial resistance, and reducing the spread of infections caused by drug-resistant organisms. AMS is becoming important in all areas of healthcare, including the specialist area of wound management,” said dr. Harry Parathon, Sp.OG(K), Head of the Indonesian Center for Antimicrobial Resistance (PRAINDO), on the webinar with the theme “Innovation Prevent Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) in Wound Care” which held Tuesday (29/11/2022). 

He added that one area that currently still has a high rate of use of antibiotics is wound care. “AMR influences wound management procedures because wounds can be a conduit for infection, allowing the entry of microbes, including antimicrobial-resistant ones, into tissue. Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant microbes are more difficult to treat and lead to higher medical costs, longer hospital stays, and increased mortality. By controlling the microbes, infection can be prevented, thereby reducing the need for antibiotics. About 70% of microbes that cause infection in wounds are resistant to at least 1 type of commonly used antibiotic. For wound care I suggest the latest technology such as Dialkylcarbamoyl chloride (DACC) coated wound dressings, effective in preventing AMR and accelerating wound healing in patients,” he explained.