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White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship

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White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship
White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship

Author: CDC

The White House is convening the Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to bring together key human and animal health constituencies involved in the development, promotion, and implementation of activities to improve antibiotic use (antibiotic stewardship) nationwide.

The United States government departments and agencies, along with key human and animal health stakeholders, are committing to implement changes over the next five years to a create meaningful impact on antibiotic stewardship, slow the emergence of resistant bacteria, and prevent the spread of resistant infections.

The goal of the Forum is to exchange ideas on ways public and private sector stakeholders can collaborate to improve responsible antibiotic use and to discuss opportunities for further improvement.


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    Thanks for your comment and sharing your personal story! As part of the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, key human and animal health constituencies involved in antibiotic stewardship were brought together to discuss the development, promotion, and implementation of activities to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics. More than 150 food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders will highlight commitments to implement changes over the next five years to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections – all to protect patients. You can read more about the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship by visiting: Thank you for sharing your support of this initiative.

    Thanks for sharing your story! As part of the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, a number of hospitals, health systems, long-term care facilities, and pharmacies came together to discuss improving antibiotic prescribing practices in human medicine to protect patients from unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, antibiotic-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Many of these healthcare-related entities are making significant commitments to enhance stewardship practices within their organizations to make sure that patients, just like you, are protected from the side effects of antibiotics. You can read more about the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship by visiting: Thank you for sharing your support of this endeavor.

    Approximately 15 years ago I was given an antibiotic for an allergic spring-time cough. I had no fever, no sputum, no lung congestion, just a dry, hacking cough and was given Cipro to take by my physician. In 3 days I had a hearing loss in one ear and called the physician immediately and he prescribed cortisone and referred me to an audiologist who confirmed the hearing loss and received a hearing aid; then several weeks later I noticed hearing loss to the other ear and another hearing test confirmed that there was lost in that ear also. The physician never acknowledged that it was the antibiotic he gave me was the cause. I was always healthy. individuaI and shocked; I then remembered the side effect factor. Seems like physicians can never confront a situation which may seem like failure to take proper care of a patient.

    I am a registered nurse and had to work for living as any hardworking American. One cannot apply for SSA Disability for severe bilateral hearing loss that presented so much discrimination in he workplace from co-workers and physicians that I worked with. Just a few co-workers always remembered and spoke directly to me and towards the ear that had a bit better hearing.

    Employers do not have sensitivity training in the workplace and that is what is needed. When one has a hearing disability the impression in the workplace is that person lacks ability and intelligence.

    A few years later, a co-worker, also a registered nurse had told me that she also experienced hearing loss from taking Cipro, but it did not handicap her as it did me. Because she has a child with a disability she was very compassionate, understanding and remains a true friend at the workplace and a friendship I treasure
    as I can feel confortable in her presence. The point here is that your circle of friends and opportunities shrinks when there is loss of self-confidence when one has a disability.

    At times the quality of my life has been a nightmare to I have to live as a second-class citizen as in spite of hearing aids it cannot capture communication sounds as I once had because of Cipro. I have learn to cope with this disability partly because of my determination to do the best as I can as I was taught by my parents.

    And to describe the carelessness of the healthcare providers which I subsequently went to for a mild UTI. Two ( 2) physician wrote a prescription for Cipro and if I had not remind them that I cannot take that medication. One pharmacist filled a prescription that was called in by one physician and I addressed his lack of attention to the allergy notice in my medical history. Seems like patients must be their own advocate and stay alert for potential medical disaster every time one goes to see a physician.

    I hope that my story and those of others who have themselves or loved ones suffered from the consequences of the overuse of antibiotics share their story also. BUT IT IS PEN OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL that need education.

    Thank you and good luck and hopefully some success on this endeavor.

    Thank God the problem of giving healthy animals antibiotics to (theoretically) make them fatter by preventing disease is being addressed. I do not feel that sick animals cannot be treated. On the contrary because one sick animal can quickly become a herd of sick animals, ruining a farmer’s entire livelihood. But I wonder how many of the dozens of times I have either been admitted to the hospital with a superbug infection or treated at home with IV antibiotics for less serious superbug infections, ones in which my temperature was 102.5F or less were caused by giving the antibiotics which successfully treated the same infection LAST time to fatten healthy animals.
    You may think that I am exaggerating the frequency of my illnesses. Think again. Had I not been working for the best bosses in the world at Kaiser Permanente, I would have been fired for excessive absenteeism. During my last 3-4 years at Kaiser, I was admitted to the hospital at least 6 times a year. In 2011, I had my second total knee replacement. It became infected with MRSA right after I finished rehab. That meant another surgery to wash out the infection followed by 7 weeks of Tygacil. However, 2 weeks after the washout, I felt a sudden onset of chills. My temp was 102; an ambulance was called; the temp was 103 in the 20 minutes it took for them to come; and by the time I reached the hospital, it was 104.7F and I was unconscious. i was diagnosed with acute sepsis and transferred to ICU.
    And I am afraid that there are thousands of people like me around the country, who end up fighting for their lives because the overuse of antibiotics may have produced huge profits for agribusiness but we end up with infections which are much, much more difficult to treat because of the need for stronger and stronger antibiotics with worse and worse side effects.
    Remember that Tygacil? I had to take Compazine q4h while awake to control the vomiting and still lost fifty (50) pounds in 7 weeks. And I was lucky because there actually was enough Compazine available. The drug companies don’t make enough profit so they don’t like making it.
    And I was even luckier because the doctor who did the washout, left the hardware in place and put antibiotic beads into the knee before closing. Between his excellent care & my hard work in rehab, I have almost full use of my knee and I am truly grateful for that.
    I hope that those who will be making the decisions during the White House Forum will have access to my comments. I am sure that I am speaking for many who cannot speak. Some because they are too busy trying to stay alive from their many infections and some who have UNNECESSARILY DIED because antibiotics work for too short of a period of time in humans when they are overused in healthy animals. Bacteria don’t care if their host is a cow or a US Senator. If they are used too often, they mutate. And then, “May God have mercy on her/his soul and may all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace!”
    Mary Lou Shookhoff, BSN
    nurse and patient

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