The president of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (seimc), Ferrán Segura, has indicated that studies estimate that 30% of antibiotics "are used improperly", which means that in Spain "excessive use is made of them with respect to other countries", and has indicated in this regard that the fundamental thing is "to make the population aware that they do not use antibiotics unnecessarily, to professionals so that do not prescribe them if they are not really necessary, and pharmacists so they do not administer them without a prescription. "

Ferrán made these statements at the presentation of the XV National Congress of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (Seimc), which was held from June 1 to June 4.

"Antimicrobials should also be used thinking about the effect they generate in the long term"

During the presentation, Juan de Dios Colmenero, president of the Organizing Committee of the Congress, warned that the improper use "fosters the development of resistance to antibiotics of patients in the medium or long term", since "the antimicrobial treatment that can cure a patient can encourage the development of resistances in future patients ", adding that" the prescription of antimicrobials has been considered very safe, but they are drugs that should be used also thinking about the long-term effect they generate in their environment ".

The head of Microbiology of the Hospital Ruiz de Alda in Granada and president of the scientific committee of the congress, José María Navarro, has indicated as one of the main concerns of the medical area "to diagnose increasingly better to detect what are the multiresistance patterns of patients "

Infectious diseases in Spain

According to experts have explained today, "there is no infectious disease out of control" in Spain, "but they are concerned about the increase in sexually transmitted diseases or those derived from traveling to certain countries," Segura detailed.

Regarding the infectious diseases that most concern professionals at the national level today, they have pointed to HIV, which "is not as controlled as we would like, although it has improved a lot in recent years."

In addition, in the framework of the congress, novelties have been presented in relation to the so-called therapeutic vaccines and the infections derived from implants.

Another of the challenges that Segura has indicated has been "the creation of a specific medical specialty in relation to infectious diseases", a discipline that "in Spain still does not exist, unlike its implantation in Europe".

In addition, he has claimed the need for a "greater presence of microbiologists" in small hospitals. "In them, the scientific discipline is underrepresented," he assured.


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