“Get Smart” About Antibiotics
Antibiotics are invaluable medications for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. Since they were first developed in the 1940s, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. When used correctly, they can make the difference between life and death.
But antibiotics have been overused, and as a result, have become less effective. Bacteria have adapted and developed resistance to many types of antibiotics. In recent years, patients have demanded antibiotics, even for viral infections where antibiotics are useless, and healthcare providers have provided them, even when they are of no value. In order to continue to have antibiotics work, they should be used only when they are truly necessary.
The information and links on this page have been designed to assist patients and healthcare providers understand when antibiotics should and should not be used.What Are Antibiotics?
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|Antibiotics Fact Sheet|
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Print Materials from the CDC
|Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work|
For Patients: Patients play an important role in decreasing antibiotic resistance. If you are a patient, click on these links to find out what you can do.
For Clinicians: Healthcare providers want to provide the best care for their patients. This requires recognizing and communicating when antibiotics are necessary and when they are not. Find out what healthcare providers and healthcare institutions can do to be effective antibiotic stewards in the community.
Hand Hygiene Resources: The first step in decreasing infectious disease transmission is effective hand hygiene. Take a look at some of the resources available to promote effective hand hygiene.
Research and Reports: Read about some of the research that has been conducted into the use of clinical decision support systems to guide appropriate antibiotic prescribing.
For additional information about Antibiotics Are Not Always The Answer, or for samples of print materials, contact the
New Mexico Department of Health
The CDC hotline