Data analysis on the AD ARS 2011 database is currently being conducted by an expert working group under the lead of the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and the findings will be discussed by Dr. Jens Thomsen, Section Head, Occupational and Environmental Health, Public Health & Policy Division, HAAD, at the 8th Middle East Healthcare-Associated Infections Conference which will take place on 14 - 15 October 2012 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
The Healthcare-Associated Infections Conference is part of the 6th Abu Dhabi Medical Congress (ADMC) and has been designed to develop knowledge, skills and practice in infection prevention in order to implement best practice and ensure continuous progress towards the reduction of preventable HCAIs in the Arab world.
One of the main pillars of the HAAD strategy to combat the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the now established AD ARS system which is a system that allows the continuous monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance data. This allows creating the evidence base, to establish baseline data, to monitor trends and to monitor the effectiveness of interventions designed to combat AMR development and spread. Of particular concern in the healthcare setting is the prevention and control of multi-drug resistant organisms such as e.g. Methicillin-
The first report of data resulting from this system will be published very soon and will be the first comprehensive regional antimicrobial resistance surveillance report in the UAE and whole GCC region.
According to Dr. Thomsen: “The processes of how and why microorganisms become resistant to antimicrobials are quite well understood but complex and involve many factors. On a cell and molecular level, microorganisms have over time developed several mechanisms to combat antimicrobials, either by spontaneous mutation or by gene transfer from other microorganisms of the same or even other species. On a higher level, the inappropriate and irrational use of medicines provides favourable conditions for resistant microorganisms to emerge and spread. For example, when patients do not take the full course of a prescribed antimicrobial or when they do not take all components of a multi-drug combinatory therapy (e.g. as for TB), or when poor quality antimicrobials are used, resistant microorganisms can emerge through natural selection and spread.”
The direct economic and medical implications of increasing antibiotic resistance are tangible and very real for patients affected by AMR.
“Patients infected with drug-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer and more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection. When the drug of choice for treating their infection doesn’t work, they require treatment with second- or third choice drugs that may be less effective, more toxic, and more expensive. This means that patients with an antimicrobial-
Dr. Thomsen explains that the HAAD’s actual strategy to combat AMR is multifold and includes education and awareness programs for healthcare professionals (mostly physicians and pharmacists)
The Abu Dhabi Medical Congress (ADMC) brings together leading international healthcare experts and companies to showcase the latest products and services within the Emergency, Primary Healthcare, Patient Safety, Rehabilitation, Nursing and Dentistry sectors as well as being a platform for scientific exchange via the accompanying multi-track conference programme dedicated to these healthcare area. ADMC is supported by UAE ministry of Health, Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and the Dubai Health Authority.
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