Tag Archives: Antimicrobial prescribing

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 […]

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 […]

Should children prescribed antibiotics also take probiotics?

Managing STIs in Primary Care

Guest posting: Dr Nathan Ryder, Clinical Director Sexual Health, Hunter New England Local Health District Managing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have always presented a number of challenges to primary care physicians. While most bacterial STIs can still be cured with single dose treatments some STIs are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Therefore it is more […]

The art of antibiotic prescribing in general practice

Guest posting from Dr Gillian Deakin,  General Practitioner and author of 101 Things Your GP Would Tell You If Only There Was Time.  Beyond the usual medical challenges of appropriate prescribing,  GPs also need skills to ensure that the patient accepts the treatment. Unlike the hospital patient where the patient is largely obliged to accept […]

Safe prescribing of antimicrobials in pregnancy and breastfeeding (AAW)

Prescribing medicines for pregnant and breast feeding women can be difficult. It is important to determine what is safe but will also be effective. In the case of antimicrobials this is further complicated by the need to make a decision in line with antimicrobial stewardship principles.

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 […]

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- 

2014 National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS- Australia )

The National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) has been conducted every year since 2011. Public and private hospitals from all over Australia are invited to participate in either a whole hospital point prevalence survey or whole hospital period prevalence survey. The audit is designed to encourage reflection, leading to practice improvements. An analysis of the 2014 data is […]