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“United to preserve antimicrobials” 

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week - WHO 2020

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, promoted by World Health Organisation (WHO), aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.  

Bacterial antimicrobial resistance (AMR) appears when bacteria resist the effects of medications, making common infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.


The AMR is growing due to the overuse of antimicrobials, poor medical prescribing practices and patient adherence to treatment also contribute. Often, they are incorrectly prescribed for those illnesses, or taken without proper medical oversight, such as the case of recurrent urinary tract infections (1). In addition, the misuse of antibiotics during COVID-19 pandemic could lead to accelerated emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.


In health-care environments, bacterial resistance is a major challenge for patient safety (2). A total of 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections occurred per year and almost 99,000 deaths were associated with a hospital-acquired infection, making hospital-acquired infections the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; and similar data has been reported in Europe (3).

From Tractivus SL, we are committed to avoid antimicrobial resistance.


Our bacteriophobic coating technology, PHOBOSTech, is free of antibiotics, drugs and any substance that can generate bacterial resistance. Tractivus SL fights infections from medical devices using a novel metallic coatings technology, long-lasting and safe for patients and their microbiome. Thus, PHOBOSTech technology provides a solution for hospital-acquired infections, while at the same time we aim to reduce the use of antibiotics.


From the Tractivus’ team we encourage you to reduce the use of antibiotics in the non-health field and follow the recommendations for use.

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Together we can stop super-resistant bacteria!

If you want to learn more about antimicrobial resistance, please check the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week website here


1.  M. Haque, M. Sartelli, J. McKimm and M. A. Bakar, Health care-associated infections – An overview, Infect. Drug Resist., 2018, 11, 2321–2333.

2   A. Nadeem, F. Hamed, K. Saleh, B. Abduljawad and J. Mallat, ICU outcomes of COVID-19 critically ill patients: An international comparative study, Anaesth. Crit. Care Pain Med., 2020, 39, 487–489.

3.  A. Y. Peleg and D. C. Hooper, Hospital-Acquired Infections Due to Gram-Negative Bacteria, N. Engl. J. Med., 2010, 362, 1804–1813.

4. Images from WAAW website for campaigns

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