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Experts call for ‘more sensible’ use of antibiotics

The event, titled ‘Have the superbugs won or can we still preserve antibiotics for the next generation?’ is open to the public and takes place from 7-9 pm at RCSI, St Stephen’s Green.

Presenting will be Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick, a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology at RCSI and Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital; and Dr Nuala O’Connor, a GP in Cork who is ICGP Lead Advisor on Antibiotic Resistance

Dr Fitzpatrick, who was National Clinical Lead for Healthcare-associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention from 2010 to 2014, remarked: “It is sobering to remember how much antibiotics have revolutionised medical practice in the last 75 years and saved millions of lives since their discovery. Then antibiotic resistance was little understood and the pipeline of new antibiotics seemed endless. There was no attempt to use these agents wisely.”

At the event in RCSI, both speakers will offer advice on appropriate use of antibiotics, as well as practical tips that will stop the spread of superbugs and help decrease reliance on antibiotics.

Dr O’Connor underlined that antibiotics are a precious resource and keeping them effective for future generations is “everyone’s responsibility”.

The RCSI MiniMed Open Lecture Series is free of charge. However, registration is essential in order to guarantee a place.

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