Penicillin is the biggest medical miracle drug of all time; it fundamentally changed our view of bacterial infections, deadly diseases could be cured by taking the drug for a week. But careless overuse of antibiotics has induced widespread antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria. We now see infections caused by bacteria, which are resistant to all our antibiotics, these infections cannot be treated and the patients are dying in our hospitals, with a terrible thread of transmission to other patients. The number of resistant bacteria is growing year by year, and we are facing a post-antibiotic era, with no treatment for bacterial infections. The only way to keep our antibiotics is to reduce the use.
What can a scientist to convince decision-makers, that a new course is necessary?
Presenter: Dr. Peder Worning, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Hvidovre Hospital