European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) 2019
EAAD will be marked on Monday 18 November 2019, in partnership with WHO’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November 2019).
First-of-its kind survey reveals gaps in European healthcare workers’ knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics
Knowledge and awareness of antibiotic resistance and related issues is generally high among European healthcare workers, according to the first European survey to examine attitudes and behaviours in relation to antibiotic resistance in this group. However, the study also illustrates important knowledge gaps.
The study, published today, can serve as an important resource and baseline for EU/EEA countries when developing approaches and interventions to tackle antibiotic resistance, says the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), which commissioned the study.
Healthcare workers from all EU/EEA countries participated in the online study, Survey of healthcare workers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours about antibiotics, antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, EU/EEA, 2019 , which included 43 questions. The objective was to gain a better understanding of healthcare workers' capabilities, opportunities and motivations around prudent antibiotic use in order to support future policy, education and communication interventions.
Annual updates on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption
On the occasion of EAAD 2019 ECDC releases its annual update on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption surveillance data from EU/EEA countries.
In cooperation with the European Commission, ECDC will host an EU-level event on Monday 18 November in Stockholm, Sweden. It is a platform for governmental institutions, professional and patient organisations, country representatives and media to come together and discuss the current situation regarding antibiotic resistance and the actions taken to address them by all stakeholders, both at EU/EEA and national levels.
Watch EU-level event online
The event will be live streamed on EAAD’s Facebook page on 18 November 2019 from 9.30 to 15.00 CET. Anyone can watch the event live and we encourage our viewers to interact in comments or to ask questions. All participants will be tweeting live using #EAAD2019 and people from around the globe can join remotely and ask questions through Twitter using the same hashtag.
Attend the event
The event will take place on Monday 18 November 2019 in Europahuset, Stockholm, Sweden. Organisations and governmental bodies responsible for tackling antibiotic resistance are invited to join.Read about the event
Join the social media campaign
On Monday, 18 November, at 14.00 CET, ECDC and organisations from around the globe will tweet about #AntibioticResistance. Post through your Twitter account at that time or during the day!Find out more
Take part in the social media campaign
Find our online channels, add hashtags, use our frames, or take part in the Facebook/Twitter live. Find all you need for your social media communication, join the action and spread the news!Join the social media campaign
Decreasing and stabilising trends of antimicrobial consumption and resistance in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in segmented regression analysis, European Union/European Economic Area, 2001 to 2018, Eurosurveillance, 14 November 2019
The article describes trends in antimicrobial consumption of fluoroquinolones, third-generation cephalosporins and carbapenems between 2001 and 2018 and for AMR in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.Read more
The quality of antimicrobial prescribing in acute care hospitals: results derived from a national point prevalence survey, Germany, 2016,, Eurosurveillance, 14 November 2019
The main objectives of this study were to describe and analyse the current state of antimicrobial prescription quality in German acute care hospitals that participated in the national point prevalence survey (PPS) of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and AMU in 2016, and to associate the data with a set of structural and process parameters, which were recorded as part of the survey.Read more
Antibiotic consumption in Belgian acute care hospitals: analysis of the surveillance methodology, consumption evolution 2003 to 2016 and future perspectives, Eurosurveillance, 14 November 2019
The objective of this study is to compare the old and new methodology for the national surveillance of antibiotic consumption, and to describe the 14-year evolution (2003–2016) of antibiotic use in Belgian acute care hospitals using the new national surveillance system, BeH-SAC.Read more
Translated campaign materials
Facts and infographics on antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings based on the last-year point prevalence surveys in all EU/EEA languages.
Key messages: Antimicrobial use in healthcare settings
The key messages are based on two point prevalence surveys conducted by ECDC in 2016-2017.Read more
Key messages: Health burden of antibiotic resistance
The key messages are based on an article published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The article estimates the burden of five types of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteriaRead more
Healthcare-associated infections – a threat to patient safety in Europe
A total of 8.9 million HAIs were estimated to occur each year in European hospitals and long-term care facilitiesRead more
Antimicrobial use in: Long-term care facilities
7 / 10 antimicrobials were prescribed for treatment of an infection and 3 in 10 for prophylaxis.
Antimicrobial use in European hospitals and long-term care facilities
1 in 3 patients received at least one antimicrobial on any given day. Some of this use may be unnecessary and contribute to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
This year's theme: Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in hospitals
About the Day
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is marked on 18 November and is coordinated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Every year, the EU Member States and European Economic Area (EEA) countries observe the day with awareness initiatives, events, and communication campaigns across Europe focused on antibiotic resistance and prudent use of antibiotics. This year marks the 12th European Antibiotic Awareness Day.