In Surveys Carried Out By The Department Of Health Found

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In surveys carried out by the Department of Health found out 32% percent of respondents incorrectly agreed that ‘Antibiotics work on most coughs and colds’ and 43% incorrectly agreed that ‘Antibiotics can kill viruses’. These statistics show that just under half of the public do not understand the mechanism of antibiotics and what they can and cannot kill. This means that just under half of the population are likely to go to the doctor with a common cold or sore throat expecting an antibiotic prescription from their doctor. This is where the role of patients and doctors can be linked. It is up to the medical professionals to help educate the public on the mechanism of antibiotics. Education on general hygiene: A simple way to prevent the…show more content…
The role of patients: As discussed earlier patients can also cancel out their actions that are contributing to antibiotic resistance. This can be done by: making sure the patient takes the full course of antibiotics – as mentioned before if treatment stops too soon, the drug may not kill all the bacteria and the remaining bacteria may become resistant to the antibiotic that you 've taken. Take the antibiotics as they are prescribed i.e. taking at regular intervals throughout the day as antibiotics work better this way. Don’t save antibiotics and take them later if you become sick again as an antibiotic is meant for a specific infection, taking the wrong antibiotic can delay getting the appropriate treatment and may allow your condition to worsen. Don’t share antibiotics as the they may not be appropriate for your illness, may delay correct treatment, and may allow your condition to worsen. Another important time to wash or sanitise our hands is when entering and leaving doctors surgeries and hospital wards. Most people are aware of the disinfectant pumps within medical buildings but don’t always use them. It is important to sanitise as if not, you are carrying infections in and out of the wards that would not usually be there. This means that people could then acquire infections they wouldn’t usually have picked up. The role of health professionals: Health care professionals, such
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