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Control of antimicrobial resistance in Canada: any lessons to learn?

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Author(s): Nicolle Lindsay E

Journal: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
ISSN 2047-2994

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 6;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: antimicrobial resistance | Canada | antimicrobial stewardship

ABSTRACT
Abstract Background Over the past 15 years, repeated national meetings have developed recommendations for a Canadian antimicrobial resistance strategy. Despite this, in 2011 there is no comprehensive, integrated national program with appropriate governance and funding to address antimicrobial resistance. Findings The Public Health Agency of Canada supports a reference laboratory for diagnosis and characterization of selected resistant strains, targeted surveillance programs which monitor resistance trends for selected animal and human organisms, development of national infection control guidelines including for antimicrobial resistant organisms, and a few local pilot projects to address community acquired MRSA. Sporadic programs of variable intensity and quality are supported by some provinces, health regions and individual facilities but these are not comprehensive, standardized or integrated. Individual researchers and research groups, however, have published substantial information describing the prevalence and impact of resistance in Canada. Conclusions Current review of activities by the Public Health Agency of Canada and initiatives by the National Coordinating Centre for Infectious Diseases may move the country forward in developing an effective national approach to address antimicrobial resistance.
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