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CIDRAP Antimicrobial Stewardship Project – online resource

The CIDRAP Antimicrobial Stewardship Project (ASP) is an initiative based out of the University of Minnesota that offers freely available, high-quality information and educational resources on antimicrobial stewardship practice, research, and policy. It features a dynamic, content-rich web site designed to actively engage a diverse, international audience.  Online features include podcasts with Advisory Committee members, […]

AURA 2016 – Australian antimicrobial use & resistance- key findings

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) recently released AURA 2016 – Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health. This detailed report analyses diverse existing national sources of data and underpins Australia’s recently released ‘One-Health‘-style National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019  and will serve as an important baseline for future AMR […]

Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B : localised Hunter New England HealthPathways live now!

Please consult HealthPathways for up-to-date advice on patient management and referral pathways for active treatment.  If logon details for HP required, please contact aimed site administrator -jferguson@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au Dr Josh Davis from Newcastle also provided these updates on viral hepatitis with clear messages for general practice – a good starting point. Excerpt from Hepatitis C pathway:  General practitioners […]

The post-antibiotic era: A case study

Published in the latest issue of the MJA is a case study of a Victorian patient diagnosed with a carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. The patient, from rural Victoria, had no history or recent overseas travel and no hospital contact for the last 15 years. He was transferred to a metropolitan hospital for intensive care for severe […]

2016 European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

The ECCMID recently met in Amsterdam to talk all things Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. They have made the majority of the presentations made at the meeting freely available to all online. With over 200 sessions, including 11 keynote lectures, over 100 symposia and oral sessions and 3000 abstracts presented over 4 days there is something […]

Antibiotic Resistance: Facts and Figures

While we spend a lot of time talking about reducing antibiotic resistance it can difficult to get a feel for the size of the problem. The team at BioMerieux have put together some facts and figures that help quantify the problem.

Some antimicrobial stewardship success stories

The NPSMedicinewise 2014-2015 Annual Report was released this week listing the achievements the organisation has made in improving the health of Australians. NPSMedicinewise is active in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and have successfully improved the use of antimicrobials in Australia over this time period.

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 […]

Please tell us what you think about the AIMED blog!

We aim to provide practical discussions and guidance concerning AMS topics. We’d appreciate your feedback and suggestions – using this very short survey . Thank you,  Kate and John

Arboviruses in the news- Chikungunya, Zika et al

This recent NEJM editorial provides a good overview of the worrying global situation concerning four important arboviruses: West Nile, Chikungunya, Zika and Dengue. This presentation, CHIKV ZIKA Ferguson Feb 2015 includes microbiological and clinical overviews and data on recent Pacific nation epidemiology.