What is the future of antibiotics?

Rear: staff specialist Dr Matthew Watts, advanced trainees (infectious diseases) Dr Chris Robson and Dr Jaslyn Doshi. Front: advanced trainees (infectious diseases) Dr Tasnim Hasan with antimicrobial stewardship program pharmacist Kristin Xenos.

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 13 – 19) and our staff are celebrating!

WSLHD’s antimicrobial stewardship team held a stall in Westmead Hospital’s foyer on November 14 to mark the week.

This year, the theme for the stall was fortune telling and the future of antibiotics.

Visitors received fortune cookies with different antibiotic fortunes in them, along with a chat with resident “gypsy” pharmacist Kristin Xenos.

Kristin Xenos and Dr Chris Robson hand over fortune cookies to midwife Brooke Woodward.

The team also announced the winner of the people’s poster competition – congratulations to Westmead Hospital renal dialysis nurse Taggart Veloso for his fantastic Breaking Bad-inspired poster.

Kristin Xenos with poster competition winner Taggart Veloso.

Staff, patients, family and the social media universe are being encouraged to mark the week, using the handle #AntibioticResistance.

Antibiotic Awareness Week is a global initiative to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the responsible use of antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria stops an antibiotic from working effectively – meaning some infections may be impossible to treat.

Few new antibiotics are being developed to help solve this problem – so whatever antibiotics are used, they must be used with care!