KOCHI: he annual conference of the Indian Society of Critical Care will be held here in February 2017. Over 5,000 Indian delegates and 60 internationally famous names in critical care from the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be in Kochi to discuss various issues in ICU care, management of SEPSIS, poisoning and multi-organ failure.
Most of the discussions will revolve round antimicrobial stewardship since antibiotic resistance has been in the news a lot recently. According to Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, at least two million people become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics each year, and of those at least 23,000 die. A recent review on antimicrobial resistance released last month estimated that if bacteria keep evolving at the current rate, by 2050, 10 million people will die a year from otherwise curable diseases. Antibiotic resistance is a natural part of evolution. As humans create drugs to combat dangerous illnesses, bacteria evolve a resistance to the drugs. It’s not just the common illnesses that are thought to be affected by antibiotic resistance without effective antibiotics, cancer treatments, organ transplants, and even Caesarean child birth is believed to become far more deadly.