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Get Smart About Antibiotics

A Global Public Health Initiative

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DEFINITION

Antibiotic resistance is a critical issue to public health systems worldwide. Because of it, infections
that were once easily treated with antibiotics are becoming more dangerous, causing treatment failure, prolonged suffering, or even death. The International College of Dentists formed a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program. The mission of this partnership is to disseminate critical information on antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use to ICD Fellows globally. 

 

 

 

 


METHODS

The ICD’s mission is to make available information from the CDC and the World Health Organization, to assist Fellows globally in understanding the critical importance of the antibiotic resistance, as well as appropriate use and over-prescribing issues facing the world today.

COLLABORATION

The ICD members involved in this project are Dr. John Tullner, Dr. Tom O’Hara and Dr. Christine Benoit. In addition, the CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship provides as-needed technical assistance. 
ICD Sections, Regions and Fellows are invited to participate in this College initiative by providing program opportunities and distributing information, using their own resources and communications. The ICD Global Visionary Fund may be a source for financial support.

PROGRESS TO DATE

The Get Smart About Antibiotics program was first introduced during the ICD Infection Control &
Safety Train-the-Trainer two-day program for dental educators, at the Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences in New Delhi, India in February 2016. Next, the Get Smart About Antibiotics program was implemented in a widely-attended “Infection Control in Dentistry” workshop held in Vietnam, September 2016, coinciding with the 2016 SEAADE meeting. The program has also been featured in the USA Section’s Key publication. Additionally, ICD plans to participate in the 2017 Get Smart About Antibiotics week.

 

RESOURCES and UPDATES

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(L/R) USA Fellows
Dr. Thomas O’Hara and
Dr. John B Tullner are the key ICD leaders in partnering with the CDC to develop the antibiotic resistance program.

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