World Antibiotic Awareness Week

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Professor Dame Sally Davies, England's Chief Medical Officer, recently warned that the world could face a "post-antibiotic apocalypse.” She urged that, unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antibiotic resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when simple wounds, infections or routine operations, are life-threatening. 

To mark  World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12th-18th November 2018, we are highlighting Cochrane evidence which supports decision-making in the appropriate use of antibiotics. 

Blog post: Antibiotic resistance - bacteria fighting back on Evidently Cochrane. 

Blog post: Apocalypse now - antimicrobial resistance on Evidently Cochrane

Blog post: Do the drugs work? Cochrane evidence on antibiotics in dentistry on the Cochrane Oral Health Blog.

Blog post: Why should I care about antibiotic resistance? on Evidently Cochrane.

Press Release: Shared decision making and antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections in primary care (read in  Spanish).

Improving antibiotic prescribing in hospital

Antibiotics for preventing recurrent sore throat

Antibiotics for sore throat

Testing blood procalcitonin levels to decide when to start and stop antibiotics in adults with acute respiratory tract infections


Biomarkers as point-of-care tests to guide antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections


Antibiotics for acute otitis media in children


Antibiotics for glue ear

Rapid antigen detection tests (RADTs) for group A streptococcus (GAS) in children with pharyngitis

Antibiotics for operative vaginal delivery?

Routine antibiotic prophylaxis after normal vaginal birth for reducing maternal infectious morbidity

Antibiotics for episiotomy repair?

Antibiotic prophylaxis for women having cesarean section

Timing of IV prophylactic antibiotics for women having caesarean delivery


Preventing post-cesarean infections: which route for antibiotics? 

Antibiotics for exacerbations of COPD

 Antibiotics for irreversible pulpitis

Antibiotics for chronic rhinosinusitis

Pre-admission antibiotics for suspected meningococcal disease

Short- vs. long-course intravenous antibiotics for severe pneumonia in children aged 2-59 months

Prophylactic antibiotics after cervical excision

Antibiotics for cough or wheeze after acute bronchiolitis in children

Antibiotics for asymptomatic bacteriuria in kidney transplant recipients

Continuous versus intermittent antibiotics for bronchiectasis

Oral versus inhaled antibiotics for bronchiectasis


Friday, November 9, 2018