We are hearing more and more these days about antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), AMR is one of the top ten global public health threats. In the United States, more than three million AMR infections occur every year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with nearly 50,000 people dying yearly as a result.
While it is important to be educated about this serious topic, the silver lining is that there are ways we can help reduce this hazard and live safer, healthier lives.
First, let’s define the terms:
- Antibiotic resistance takes place when bacteria and other microorganisms survive in the presence of antibiotics that previously would have killed them. This can be caused by the inappropriate use and overuse of antibiotics, as well as the transfer of resistant genetic material between bacteria. When taking antibiotics unnecessarily or not completing a prescription fully, some bacteria survive and become resistant.
- Antimicrobial resistance is a broader term that encompasses resistance to not only bacteria but microbes such as viruses (antivirals), fungi (antifungals), and parasites (antiparasitics) that can cause infections. These resistant germs can spread between people, animals, plants, and through food. They’re also found in the water, soil and air.
AMR used to be chiefly confined to healthcare settings, but within the past decade, more drug-resistant infections have arisen in the general community.
Bacteria that become resistant to multiple antibiotics are known as “superbugs,” which can cause life-threatening infections and diseases that can’t be treated with current medicines. They can persist in the body and spread to other people, other animals, and through our environment. They are able to survive on many surfaces within a healthcare facility—or even in a home or office—including countertops, tables, curtains, doorknobs, and light switches.
In one study, investigators made several trips to homes where children had come down with an infection caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. They found the bacteria on bathroom sinks, refrigerator door handles, bed sheets, TV remote controls, and computer keyboards. The researchers determined staph could live on surfaces possibly for months, and that both humans and pets could act as transmission sources.
Anyone at any age can be affected by antimicrobial resistance, but the risk is higher for those with weak immune systems or who have frequent infections requiring antimicrobial therapy. The more one gets sick, the greater chance one has of getting an infection with a resistant germ.
You’ve heard it said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best solution to this health menace is to reduce exposure to bacteria and other germs, which greatly decreases the chances of becoming ill.
Here are some ways you can help prevent drug-resistant germs from spreading:
- practice good hygiene, including washing your hands regularly
- prepare foods safely, including washing fruits and vegetables
- avoid sharing food and drink with others
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow
- stay home from school or work if unwell
- keep vaccinations up to date for you, your family, and your pets
- clean home and office surfaces regularly to minimize germ contamination
The other major step you can take is to call Bactronix, a leading provider of advanced disinfection technologies and services that can help reduce the spread of AMR. Our state-of-the-art technologies have been proven to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mold.
BactroKill is the Safe, Simple Solution
Bactronix’s patented BactroKill is an EPA-registered antimicrobial spray, specifically formulated for residential use, with no harsh chemicals and gentle on all surfaces. This hospital-grade disinfectant kills bacteria in 60 seconds, eliminates odors, and is an effective mildew and mold remover. An all-purpose cleaner, it works as a powerful Sporicide, Germicide, Bactericide and Fungicide. In addition, it eliminates allergens in the home and other environments. Best of all, it’s eco-responsible for your family, pets and environment.
For those on the go, BactroKill’s P3-Personal Protection comes in an easy three-ounce spray as the perfect travel companion. TSA-approved and in a convenient size for any purse or travel bag, P3 is the safe solution for all high touchpoint areas, including seatbelts, tray tables, and armrests.
Bactronix also will test your indoor air quality to ensure it is safe from particulates, airborne bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and odor. By recognizing and identifying areas of contamination, a Bactronix Bionomic Specialist can recommend the best treatment. With the latest ambushes from SARS and COVID 19, you can count on Bactronix to give you a fast, affordable, and effective solution to quality air for you and your family.
Contact us today to learn more about how Bactronix can help reduce the risk of AMR in your home or facility. Together, we can make a positive difference in this fight.