The threat posed by antimicrobial resistance was high on the agenda at the FIS/HIS International online conference.
Evelina Tacconelli – a professor of infectious diseases, at the University Hospital of Verona, and a consultant for the World Health Organization – called for action. Louise Frampton reports.
The ‘Healthcare Standards in Europe’ document (2013) clearly states that ‘access to healthcare is an essential element of human dignity and human rights, guaranteed by the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental rights’,” she pointed out.1
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi, leading WHO to declare AMR as “one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity”. However, countries across Europe report significant variations in performance, when it comes to antibiotic resistance, prompting Prof. Tacconelli to call for consistent healthcare standards in Europe, along with an increased focus on infection control.
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