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Mission Antibiotix helps WAAW 2023 to success

28.02.2024 - The centres for hygiene and infection prevention and control of Canton Vaud (HPCi Vaud) and the Canton Vaud University Hospital (CHUV) teamed up to devise ‘Mission Antibiotix’, an online game that sensitises players to the whole issue of antibiotic resistance and correct antibiotic treatments.

Consortium launches national antimicrobial stewardship project

06.11.23 - Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) are important for optimizing the use of antibiotics in the inpatient sector. A consortium of seven organizations has therefore started a project to support Swiss hospitals in starting and improving such programs.

Rational antibiotic therapy in paediatric practice

06.11.23 - Antibiotics are among the most frequently used drugs in paediatric and adolescent medicine. Data from Germany, the United States and Switzerland show that the majority of antibiotic prescriptions in paediatrics and adolescent medicine are for respiratory tract infections. It is estimated that in one-third of these cases, the use of antibiotics is unnecessary. This is where rational therapy comes in: only children and adolescents who are likely to benefit from such a therapy should be treated with antibiotics.

New web applications from ANRESIS

06.11.23 - ANRESIS is a representative national monitoring system and research tool for antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption. In addition to the website, a newly programmed web application called the ANRESIS Guide and an interactive dashboard for monitoring in-hospital antibiotic consumption are available to Swiss doctors.

New ideas for combating antibiotic resistance

29.06.23 - What priorities should the national Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR) focus on in the coming years? The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) discussed this question with experts from various disciplines. The inputs from the workshop will be incorporated in the One Health Action Plan 2024-27.

Switzerland and antibiotics: population survey 2022

02.02.23 - Almost one-fifth of Switzerland’s population took antibiotics in the course of last year. But what does the average Swiss know about these medicines? Or about the growing resistance problem? Do they use them correctly? A representative population survey identified knowledge gaps, that need to be filled.

NRP 72: New solutions to combat antibiotic resistance

02.02.23: Improving the effectiveness of antibiotics, curbing resistance: researchers working on the “Antimicrobial Resistance” national research programme (NRP 72) have presented numerous new findings and instruments at a conference and discussed these with representatives of practitioners and policymakers.

Reducing antibiotic use and increasing patient satisfaction

02.02.23: Antibiotics are still being prescribed too often in Switzerland. But tools are now available to assist general practitioners with shared decisions on whether to prescribe antibiotics. They help the doctor to advise their patients and are also suitable for further training in quality circles. A research team from the Institute of Primary Health Care in Bern recently received an award from the Swiss Society for General Internal Medicine for this innovative tool.

Report on the use of antibiotics in animals

02.02.23: The government has taken various measures to curb the increase in antibiotic resistance. Records have already been kept for a long time on the quantity of antibiotics sold, for instance. The Information System on Antibiotics in Veterinary Medicine (IS ABV) was set up to provide more precise details of the consumption of antibiotics in individual animal species and types of use. Veterinarians are required to enter all prescriptions for antibiotics for pets and livestock in this system. The second report with comprehensive, detailed information on the use of antibiotics is now available.

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2022

02.02.23: Throughout the eighth instalment of the “World Antimicrobial Awareness Week”, from 18 to 24 November 2022, awareness was raised on the growing issue of antibiotic resistance. True to the theme of ‘Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together’, Switzerland was also active during this week. Below you will find a few highlights of the Swiss AntibioticAwareness Week 2022.

Detecting new forms of antibiotic resistance

07.11.2022 - Multidrug-resistant pathogens pose an increasing risk to public health. To contain the spread of these types of bacteria, it is important to detect them early on. In Switzerland, this is done by the national reference laboratory for early detection and surveillance of new forms of antibiotic resistance (NARA).

Fattening calves in the fresh air

07.11.2022 - Reducing antibiotic consumption and improving animal welfare for the same fattening efficiency – the “outdoor calf” research project being conducted by the Vetsuisse faculty at the University of Bern shows that this can be achieved in calf fattening. Find out more in this guest article by Jens Becker.

Tools for antibiotic prescribing

11.05.2022 - There is still room for improvement when it comes to prescribing antibiotics in outpatient settings. As part of the Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR), various tools have been developed for doctors for this purpose.

Keeping multiresistant pathogens under control

11.05.2022 - In the last two years SARS-CoV-2 has dominated activity at healthcare facilities. Other challenges, such as preventing and controlling multiresistant pathogens (MRPs) and monitoring newly emerging pathogens such as Candida auris, have taken a back seat.

Report on consumption of antibiotics by pets

11.05.2022 - Veterinarians must record prescriptions of antibiotics in the Information System on Antibiotics in Veterinary Medicine (IS ABV). After the report on livestock, the first report on data from dogs, cats and horses is now also available.

Healthy animals need fewer antibiotics

18.11.2021 - Nadine Metzger, former co-project leader StAR «Animal» at the FSVO, talks in the video about her personal insights and experiences after five years of implementing the StAR strategy.

Fighting bacteria with nanoparticles

18.11.2021 - Multi-resistant pathogens are a serious and increasing problem in today's medicine. Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich have now developed a completely new method that allows multi-resistant pathogens to be killed in a targeted manner.

Resistant bacteria on raw chicken

18.11.2021 - Resistant bacteria can be transmitted to humans from food and animals. Where is the risk greatest and how can consumers be motivated to reduce this risk?

Are we prepared for the silent pandemic of antibiotic resistance?

18.11.2021 - Overshadowed by COVID-19, antibiotic resistance continues to spread worldwide. The development of new antibiotics could help to solve the problem – but is enough being done currently?

Interview with Anne Lévy, Director of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

30.08.2021 - "As a proponent of the One Health approach I would say that the StAR strategy has great significance for me and the FOPH. It’s a first successful step in terms of interdisciplinary prevention in Switzerland."

Interview with Hans Wyss, Director of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO)

30.08.2021 - "Reducing resistance to antibiotics is a huge challenge, and we will be successful only if the offices responsible for human medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture and the environment work together."

Interview with Christian Hofer, Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)

30.08.2021 - "Animal health is crucially important for sustainable animal production. Antibiotic use in agricultural animal husbandry has declined by 50 % in the last 10 years."

Interview with Katrin Schneeberger, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

30.08.2021 - "The fight against COVID-19 and against antibiotic resistance also highlights the importance of the One Health strategy, which aims to improve human and animal health in an intact environment."

Antimicrobial Stewardship - the responsible use of antibiotics in human medicine

05.05.2021 - In the video with Julia Bielicki, MD, and Prof. Andreas Widmer, MD, you will learn what an antimicrobial stewardship programme is and how they are implemented in hospitals.

ReLait – reducing antibiotics in dairy farming

05.05.2021 - The Canton of Fribourg seeks to reduce antibiotic use in dairy farming. Its ReLait project focuses on prevention measures in udder health, uterine health and calf health.

Resistant germs in horses

05.05.2021 - Infections in horses are often treated with antibiotics. Bacteria can mutate and become resistant to active substances. One example of this is wound infections with MRSA germs which impair wound healing.

Swiss Antibiotic Resistance Report 2020

18.11.2020 - How is antibiotic consumption evolving in Switzerland? What is the situation regarding antibiotic contamination of waterbodies? And how badly is Switzerland affected by infections caused by resistant bacteria? The answers to these questions can be found in the Swiss Antibiotic Resistance Report 2020.

«Effective antibiotics are important for our future»

18.11.2020 - Watch the video with Stefan Kuster, Head of Communicable Diseases FOPH.

The One-Health Principle

18.11.2020 - Katharina Stärk, Head of the Animal Health Division FSVO, explains why One Health is so important.

Switzerland and antibiotics – 2020 survey

18.11.2020 - What do the public know about antibiotics and the development of antibiotic resistance? Are antibiotics used correctly? A representative survey highlights the knowledge gaps that need to be addressed.

Healthy hooves – less antibiotics

18.11.2020 - With its «Healthy hooves – a firm foundation for the future» project, Switzerland is seeking among other things to bring about a long-term reduction in the use of antibiotics and disinfectants containing heavy metals.

Recording antibiotic prescriptions in veterinary medicine

09.09.2020 - The Information System on Antibiotics in Veterinary Medicine (IS ABV) records all antibiotic treatments administered by veterinarians.

Is the Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance on the right path?

09.09.2020 - Implementation of the Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance is being monitored by a formative evaluation over the course of about four years. Thereafter, an interim evaluation will allow any necessary amendments to the strategy and its implementation to be made.

Last modification 03.10.2023

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