Finally in the news for nurses this week, let’s take a look at the drug-resistant superbugs out there that plague our healthcare systems lately. Is there something we could be doing in our care or research to combat them more effectively?
Vaccines and Microbial Resistance
A new article I found says that there is. In an article I found at Reuters.com a recent review of the problem from the U.K. has come up with an interesting potential solution to the problem. This report from the British government is on Microbial Resistance and it says that more research focus needs to be put on vaccine development to combat the spread of superbugs.
The author’s reasoning is that a vaccine for a superbug can reduce the spread of disease which lessens the need for antibiotic use for treatment of the non-vaccinated. This is particularly a problem when looked at worldwide where many common vaccines are not routinely available. For one example in the article, the report’s authors cite the Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine should be more widely disseminated and administered around the world. This alone would prevent the deaths of more than 800,000 children across the globe.
Building Herd Immunity Reserves
Fighting infections by vaccination is more effective and reduces the creation of antibiotic resistant strains. Researchers are seeing more and more resistant bacteria in common infections like food-born illnesses so this is something we need to spend more time on. Of course, in order for this to work we need to fight against the segments of the population who are so-called anti-vaxxers out there.
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Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Pam Ressler on the Future of Nursing and Episode 383.