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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.

The program is being developed by USA ICD Fellows, Dr. John Tullner and Dr. Thomas O’Hara, in collaboration
with the CDC: Get Smart About Antibiotics program. Fellows in all Sections and Regions will have the opportunity
to become aware of this serious health concern and share the knowledge with other Fellows or colleagues in the dental profession.

METHODS

The ICD’s mission is to make available information from the CDC and potentially 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 developing this project are Dr. Tullner, Dr. O’Hara and International Councilor Get Smart - Test Your Knowledge About Antibiotics
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–wide 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 on February 22-23, 2016. Next, the Get Smart About Antibiotics program was implemented in a
widely attended “Infection Control in Dentistry” workshop, which was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Sept. 6-7, 2016),
coinciding with the 2016 SEAADE meeting. The program has been featured in the USA Section’s 2016 Key publication.
Additionally, ICD participated in the 2016 Get Smart About Antibiotics week.

 

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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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