APUA works to increase public understanding about antibiotic resistance and appropriate use by serving as a comprehensive and objective source of the latest information on antimicrobial resistance, use and interventions worldwide. The following resources are useful for consumers:
"Infection Protection and YOU" by The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
You are an important part of infection prevention, both in the hospital setting and at home. Find out what basic steps you can take to prevent infection in your life.
International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH)
The IFH is a UK-based initiative that works to raise awareness of the role that home hygiene plays in preventing infectious disease transmission, and to promote understanding of good hygiene practice in all situations where infection risk exists. The IFH has adopted a risk-based or "targeted" approach to home hygiene. The aim of this approach is to maximise protection from infection in home and everyday life settings, whilst at the same time ensuring prudent and focused use of hygiene products. Their website includes extensive resources on the topic, including fact sheets.
CDC Clean Hands Campaign
General guidelines for effective handwashing, with additional information on hand cleaning practices during disasters and other special situations.
SHEA/IDSA Healthcare Associated Infection Compendium
A site with many fact sheets explaining how to protect yourself from common healthcare associated infections such as MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and surgical site infections.
Information on cleaning your home.
The World Health Organization
Antibacterial Fact Sheets
WHO Patient Safety: The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance - Options for action
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Antibacterial Education Tools
The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths
Fifteen Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk of Getting a Hospital Infection
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Managing the Risk of Foodborne Hazards: STECs and Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
A Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health Policy
The Academy of American Microbiology
Report: "Antibiotic Resistance: An Ecological Perspective on an Old Problem"