Tag Archives: Antimicrobial stewardship

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.

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 […]

Sparing meropenem 101: what alternatives exist for the treatment of ESBL-producers?

Guest post: Patrick Harris, Staff Specialist in Microbiology, Central Laboratory, Pathology Queensland, Brisbane In a previous post we looked at bacteria that produce AmpC-type beta-lactamases, such as Enterobacter spp.  Perhaps a more familiar, and increasingly common, problem is presented by species such as E. coli or K. pneumoniae, which have acquired extended-spectrum beta-lactamase enzymes (or ‘ESBLs’).  […]

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 […]

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.

What is the best way to treat skin abscess?

Skin (staphylococcal) abscesses (boils) are often treated with antimicrobials, but are they really needed? The New England Journal of Medicine recently presented a case vignette and asked prescribers to weigh in on whether they thought antibiotics were needed or if incision and drainage alone were enough.

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 […]

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.