Tag Archives: AMS

Be Medicinewise Week – Take Charge!

This year during Be Medicinewise week the National Prescribing Service (NPS) is encouraging clinicians to promote Australians taking charge of their health by being medicinewise, and raising awareness on the importance of having conversations about medicines. Be Medicinewise week (last week!) suggested clinicians ask patients to keep in mind 3 key pieces of advice to take control […]

AIMED- dedicated to better use of antibiotics

AIMED stands for five essential principles that seek to optimise patient treatment with antimicrobials (antibiotics). Antimicrobial stewardship 101 – excellent overview from McKenzie, Rawlins and Del Mar in Australian Prescriber.

New CDC resources for antimicrobial stewardship in residential aged care

Antimicrobial stewardship is as important in nursing homes or any residential aged care facility as a hospital.  A recent study of MRSA epidemiology in the Hunter New England region indicates a significant association between residential aged care residence and first detection of MRSA in the community associated group  with no contact with healthcare over previous […]

Catch up on the CEC Antimicrobial Stewardship Forum

On Friday 4th September 2015, the Clinical Excellence Commission Quality Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare program hosted a symposium-style education and networking forum on the topic of antimicrobial stewardship. This event was attended by one hundred delegates, representing pharmacists, doctors, microbiologists, nurses and quality and safety professionals from both rural and regional areas. The vast […]

What are cumulative antibiograms ?

Antibiograms summarise local antimicrobial susceptibility in order to guide appropriate antimicrobial prescribing. Ideally they are updated annually by microbiology services to provide a current  picture of bacterial susceptibility and the local incidence of key sentinel resistant pathogens.

CEC 5×5 antimicrobial audit launched today

The 5×5 Antimicrobial Audit is a sustainable model of audit, intervention and feedback designed to improve the quality of antimicrobial prescribing in targeted areas of clinical practice. The methodology of the 5×5 Antimicrobial Audit involves ongoing data collection of small sample sizes, with trained auditors required to answer up to 5 questions in 5 or […]

Promoting Antimicrobial Stewardship in your Practice (CDC resources)

The Centers for Disease Control have put together a number of resources to help decrease prescribing of antibiotics and reduce antibiotic resistance. The (free) resources include information for community health, hospitals and veterinary medicine. The information is designed for both healthcare professionals and patients or their carers.

NICE NEW Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines

The UK now has national guidelines regarding antimicrobial stewardship, just like the USA and Australia. The guidelines recommend antimicrobial stewardship activities across all aspects of health care and encourage research into new antibiotics. The guideline also provides useful advice on how to deal with patients who inappropriately request antibiotics – see below for some excerpts- 

National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy: Objective Two, AMS- What does it mean for HNE?

Objective two of the recently released strategy focuses on implementation of effective antimicrobial stewardship across all sectors of human health. The 2013 National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey deemed 30% of hospital antimicrobial prescriptions were inappropriate although it was hard to tell because only 71% had a reason for prescription documented in the medical notes. Inappropriate antimicrobial use is […]

Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy: Objective One, Education- What does it mean for HNE?

Objective One of the recently released strategy aims to increase awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance, its implications and actions to combat it, through effective communication, education and training. Antimicrobial resistance affects everyone. Increased public awareness has been identified as a key aspect to manage this threat by changing expectations regarding antibiotic prescriptions. Education of all prescribers […]