Bugs & Drugs

Alberta Health Services



The Bugs & Drugs Antimicrobial/Infectious Disease Reference is now available as an Android app! Bugs & Drugs is a comprehensive, evidence-based reference for physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other health care practitioners. It provides practitioners with the latest recommendations for the appropriate use of antimicrobials and the optimal treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. It is also a key component of antimicrobial stewardship efforts. This reference can optimize patient outcomes and minimize the unintended consequences of antimicrobial use, including: toxicity, superinfections, resistance and unnecessary treatment costs.Bugs & Drugs is divided into six sections:1. Antibiotics2. Treatment recommendations for infections in children and adults (including selected ophthalmic, fungal, and parasitic infections),3. Recommendations for the prevention of infections,4. Treatment and prophylaxis of dental infections,5. Use of antibiotics in pregnancy/lactation, and6. Microbiology The Bugs & Drugs app is well suited for healthcare practitioners looking for an evidence based mobile reference and provides therapeutic options in a clear, concise manner. UPDATES to the content will be provided at no additional charge UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2017 after which time a new subscription based app will be required to obtain the latest updates. This version of the app will continue to function after DECEMBER 31, 2017 but will not receive content updates. Once installed, you do not need internet access to utilize the content. Internet access is only required for initial installation of the app and to receive updates. The content was prepared by Dr. Edith Blondel-Hill (Medical Microbiologist/Infectious Diseases Specialist, Kelowna General Hospital) and Ms. Susan Fryters (Antimicrobial Utilization/Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, Alberta Health Services) with the help of over 40 reviewers with expertise in infectious diseases, microbiology, pharmacy, and Public Health. Design and implementation of the app was provided by Saint Street and Resonant Apps.Please note, this app is not configured for use with Blackberry devices.