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Our greatest defense against antimicrobial resistance is prevention. Preventative measures have been deemed by the WHO to be the most cost-efficient approach in combating antimicrobial resistance.
In this sense, effective and innovative hygiene products and services, and accessible information are essential parts of any preventative efforts that aim to stop the spread of infection and minimize the need for antibiotics.
Hospitals and care facilities are at high risk of attracting antimicrobial resistance outbreaks. More than 70% of healthcare-associated bacterial infections are resistant to at least one of the drugs most commonly used to treat them. For this reason, effective hygiene practice and ongoing education about infection prevention are crucial amongst healthcare practitioners.
In the case of wounds, preventing infection comes in the form of effective wound care. With our brands Leukoplast and Cutimed for acute and advanced wounds, we innovate with the goal in mind that our products aid healing and prevent the spread of infections.
Developing sustainable products and services that prevent the spread of diseases and other health risks is an essential part of Essity’s commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 3 in improving the health and well-being of patients.