Author Archives: koh10

Cranberry for prevention and treatment of UTI- placebo or better?

Cranberry juice or cranberry capsules are often recommended for both prophylaxis and treatment of UTIs. As cranberry is associated with only mild side effects and is easy available it seems like it would be a good option, but what evidence is there that shows that it is effective?

Paranoia 101 – where is it safe to put your hand?

A recent experiment mapped the bacterial travellers on the New York Subway system and found that grabbing a handrail transmits the same number of bacteria as shaking hands with 10 000 people. An average of 2 million colony forming units were found per square inch, which for frequent travellers, equates to 900 times more than airplane […]

More Choosing Wisely recommendations released today

Choosing Wisely Australia is an organisation that aims to improve the quality of healthcare provided to Australians by urging healthcare providers to reconsider tests, procedures or treatments where the evidence suggests no benefit or may lead to harm in some cases. Today the organisation released 50 new recommendations from 12 new Australian professional bodies to […]

Antimicrobial prophylaxis for leech therapy

Leeches have been used throughout history for a variety of different medical indications. Over exploitation of medical leech species throughout the 19th century lead to the species becoming threatened. Today medical leeches are breed in special populations. Medicinal leech therapy is increasing in popularity to assist in wound healing where venous congestion is a problem. Leeches […]

Clinical Pharmacist led antimicrobial stewardship

Clinical pharmacists in all settings play important roles in antimicrobial stewardship. They are uniquely placed to provide medicines advice to both prescribers and patients, spreading the message of appropriate and safe antimicrobial use.

Do you care for patients with Cystic Fibrosis?

A new HNE LHD Guideline for antibiotic use in cystic  fibrosis lung disease is now available.  

Are faecal transplants the answer?

Faecal transplants are recommended for all sorts of ailments these days. Indications recommended (not always by doctors!) include weight loss, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. The best evidence for faecal transplants, however, is in the treatment of C. difficile disease.

Should children prescribed antibiotics also take probiotics?

Introduction to Antimicrobial Prescribing- online NPS MedicineWise course

NPS Medicinewise have put together an introduction to appropriate antimicrobial prescribing module for GPs, nurses and students. The activity is free and involves an interactive case study.

How did bacteria become resistant?

We all know that antibiotic resistance increases through improper use of antibiotics. With recent discoveries of bacteria containing antibiotic resistance genes in isolated tribes it would seem that bacteria have always been resistant- so why is it such a problem now?