ECDC country visit to Norway to discuss antimicrobial resistance issues
An ECDC country visit team conducted an assessment mission during the period 12–16 March 2018 to discuss antimicrobial resistance (AMR) issues in Norway. The overall objective of the mission was to provide an observation-based assessment of the situation in Norway regarding prevention and control of AMR through prudent use of antibiotics and infection control.
Data from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) show that the proportion of AMR in bacteria from bloodstream infections in Norwegian patients is consistently below the EU/EEA average and often among the lowest in Europe. Nevertheless, although considerably below the EU/EEA average, resistance to broad-spectrum antibiotics such as third-generation cephalosporins has been increasing over the past 10 years. This is the result of emergence of strains that produce an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL), combined with increasing consumption of broad-spectrum antibiotics in healthcare.
The major cause of antimicrobial resistance in microorganisms from humans remains the use of antimicrobials in human medicine, in the community and in hospitals and other healthcare settings.Read more
Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a microorganism (e.g., a bacterium, a virus) to resist the action of an antimicrobial agent. The major cause of antimicrobial resistance remains the use of antimicrobials in human medicine.Read more
Healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals
Healthcare-associated infections are infections acquired by patients during their stay in a hospital or another healthcare setting. Although some of these infections can be treated easily, others may more seriously affect a patient’s health, increasing their stay in the hospital and hospital costs, and causing considerable distress to these patients.Read more
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