Thwarting the Rise of the Super Bug

Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Cameron Forbes is one of 850 people in the world who have received their Board of Pharmacy Specialty in Infectious Diseases, and 1 of only 10 people from Canada. Cameron’s designation has allowed for a unique Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at QCH. Antimicrobial stewardship is an important discipline to prevent the rise of “super-bugs”. Essentially, it advises on the safe, judicious and cost-effective use of antibiotics. This is important because the over-use of antibiotics leads to bacteria growing a “resistance” to medicine, which puts people’s lives at risk. It is also important to patients because if they are given the best antibiotic early in their care it improves the quality of their care and helps them recover and get home faster.

Cameron Forbes with Dr. Ruchi Murthy. *PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN PRE COVID-19