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Death certificates should record antimicrobial resistance as cause of deaths, says CMO

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3832 (Published 06 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3832
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Doctors should record if a patient dies because of antimicrobial resistance to an infection, according to England’s chief medical officer.

Sally Davies, giving evidence to the parliamentary health and social care committee on 4 September, said that she wanted to see a new approach that acknowledged the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics.

For their inquiry into antimicrobial resistance (AMR), MPs on the committee asked witnesses how the problem was being tackled and what more could be done.

Davies said: “One of the problems is that families often don’t know that their relative’s death was because of infection, and they’re rarely told that the infection …

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