Antibiotic Stewardship is extremely important & not enough healthcare providers are speaking up about it. There have been claims that NPs, PAs, and even Dentists are the culprit for why antibiotics are abused. I am here to say that this claim is wrong and most, if not all, NPs, PAs, and dentists I know do not abuse antibiotics. I, for one, can say I definitely do not.
During the flu season, patients come into the office every day asking for an antibiotic to "cure" them. But usually what they are infected with is not curable by antibiotics since 90% of the time what they have is a viral bronchitis or a viral sinusitis. Even a cough with green mucous does not signify a bacterial infection! ••••••
EZC Pak is very helpful in my practice since I am not giving just cough syrup (which masks symptoms) but a product that will stimulate their immune system to make more T-cell antibodies to help fight off their viral upper respiratory infection. •••••• I complete a patient's office visit by simply handing them an EZC Pak Patient Education flyer explaining how most upper respiratory infections are not bacterial, but viral in nature. I tell the patient that antibiotics won't do anything for a viral infection but kill off the good bacteria that help patients stay well.... which could end up eventually leading to Antibiotic Resistance (wherein antibiotics no longer work when you need them). Patients leave my office happily with an EZC Patient Education flyer in hand and a prescription for EZC Pak in the other.
Antibiotic Resistance is a huge global health threat and is expected to kill more people than cancer by 2020, according to recent studies in the last 5 years. As a mom of 2 small kids, I am scared!
So let's do something about this! This week happens to be National Antibiotic Stewardship Week, Nov 11-18, 2018. Let's all take a stand against Antibiotic Resistance!