Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello. I'm professor Cliodna McNulty. I'm a medical microbiologist and have led e-Bug since its inception in 2006. We hope that the e-Bug course has increased your competence and ability to inspire young people to learn about infections in a fun and age-appropriate way. As an educator, you play a key role in national and global action plans to reduce infections and antimicrobial resistance. Let's have a recap on what you have covered. So what are the key messages? Number one, the importance of targeted hygiene to reduce the spread of harmful microbes through washing hands the right way and at the right times.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsKey message two from our course, to prevent foodborne illness, you need to handle, store, and prepare food correctly using appropriate hygiene equipment and the correct temperatures. Key message three is about sugars. There's a lot of sugar in many popular drinks, including juices. And the acid from sugary foods contributes to tooth decay. So reducing intake of both of these and encouraging children to brush their teeth twice daily is absolutely key. Key message four covers antibiotics. Antibiotics, when used correctly, can cure life-threatening conditions. But as a result of overuse, antibiotic resistance is increasing. So young people need the skills to use self-care leaflets and not to use antibiotics unnecessarily. So what next for you?

Skip to 1 minute and 57 secondsThink about what you can do in your school or community group. For example, bring up e-Bug in your next team meeting. Carry out an e-Bug lesson with your students or use e-Bug in a school assembly. Speak to the local scouts or Girl Guiding groups to incorporate e-Bug into one of their sessions. Remember, national guidance recommends that schools and colleges have a responsibility to teach all our young people about antimicrobial resistance. And the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggests by using e-Bug, this makes it really easy to fit this into your school curriculum.

Skip to 2 minutes and 41 secondsSo from myself and all of us here at e-Bug, we hope you have enjoyed the course and will continue to use what you've learned in years to come.

End of course summary

Thank you for taking the e-Bug Health Educator course.

We hope you have enjoyed the course and find it useful in your practice. Let us know in the comments below:

  • How will you use this learning in personal life/professionally?
  • What are your main take-away messages from this course?

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If you enjoyed this course the BSAC FutureLearn page has a variety of other courses available. If you would like to learn more about antimicrobial stewardship and preventing antimicrobial resistance, we recommend Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance. You may also enjoy the BSAC course The Role of Vaccines in Preventing Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance.

Please let us know what you would like to see more of within this course and in future courses in the comments below.

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