Tag Archives: Antibiotic stewardship (community)

Dental Antimicrobial Stewardship – excellent UK toolkit released

In November 2016, a  Dental Antimicrobial Stewardship: toolkit was released.  It was developed in response to findings in the May 2016  Antimicrobial Resistance review by the Dental Subgroup of the English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR).  It complements these existing standards:   General Dental Council (GDC) standards/guidance and Care Quality Commission (CQC) Fundamental Standards.

Revisiting #SaveTheScript 2015 – short film meets AMS

In 2015 NPS MedicineWise partnered with Tropfest, to launch a short film competition to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance.  Here are our picks of the 15 finalists– definitely worth a revisit! First prize – “The Pick Up” of the not-so lovely Ms Gonorrhoea! “Antibiotic man”  “Pills“ The #savethescript judging panel included:  Dr Andrew Rochford, Seven Network Health Editor […]

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 […]

Meningitis: An unexpected adverse effect of antibiotics

Another recent case-control study examining the effects of antimicrobial prescribing on the microbiome and how it affects human health has recently been published. This study aimed to determine if antibiotic prescriptions in the previous year resulted in an increased risk of meningitis.

Community Acquired Pneumonia – updated HNELHD Guideline

The updated Hunter New England guideline,  Adult Community Acquired Pneumonia: Initial Investigation and Empiric Antibiotic Therapy has now been released. Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common cause of hospital admission, carrying a significant risk of morbidity and mortality.  Approximately 1/3 of patients require admission to hospital.  Streptococcus pneumoniae remains the commonest pathogen ( see here for […]

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.

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 […]

Not in my backyard: whose problem is antimicrobial resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance has been identified as a problem that affects all parts of society. Resources from health organisations and governments are being set aside to combat this problem. One of the most important factors in improving antimicrobial prescribing is education of frontline clinicians. A systematic review of clinicians’ knowledge and beliefs about antibiotic resistance was […]

Appropriate use of azithromycin

Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic with broad-spectrum bacteriostatic activity against many Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. It also has activity against Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Treponema pallidum, Chlamydia sp. and Mycobacterium avium complex. In addition azithromycin has immunomodulating effects and is used in chronic respiratory inflammatory diseases, including cystic fibrosis, as an anti-inflammatory.

Australia releases first National Strategy to address Antimicrobial Resistance

This week Health Minister, Susan Ley and Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce released a statement regarding the publication of Australia’s first national strategy to address antimicrobial resistance. The strategy covers the next 4 years and aims to reduce Australia’s antimicrobial use to combat resistance.  It is based on the WHO Global Action Plan for AMR. The […]