Tag Archives: Antimicrobial

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 […]

Are you ready for Antibiotic Awareness Week?

Antibiotic Awareness Week runs from the 16-22th of November. It is a time for all hospital staff and patients to think about the importance of antibiotics and what a difference they have made to our lives. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an international initiative that is supported locally by the CEC. This years theme is “Preserve […]

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 […]

Antibiotic Treatment Strategies for Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults

There is limited evidence comparing different antibiotic treatment strategies for patients with clinically suspected community acquired pneumonia patients who are admitted to non-intensive care beds. A study of 2283 patients in the Netherlands has compared treatment outcomes between patients treated with beta-lactam monotherapy, beta-lactam-macrolide combination therapy and fluroquinolone monotherapy. In this study beta-lactam monotherapy was […]

Antibiotic Prescribing for the Future: GP Registrar Attitudes to Antibiotic Prescribing

The majority of antibiotic prescriptions in Australia are written in primary care. Educational interventions have had limited success at improving prescribing practice. Primary care clinicians are in the difficult position of trying to balance best practice against patient satisfaction. A group of Australian GP registrars were involved in discussions to determine the barriers to appropriate […]

Winter is Coming! Join the fight!

As part of NPS MedicineWise’s campaign to reduce antibitotic resistance they have partnered with Tropfest to give budding film makers the chance to get the message out. If you’d like to win part of the $10 000 prize money by producing a short (45 sec) film about antibiotic resistance check out the competition here http://winteriscoming.nps.org.au/ […]

Delaying antibiotic prescribing strategies

There are several strategies than can be used when doctors are reluctant to issue antibiotic prescriptions. You can ask patients to get back in touch is they don’t improve, post-date prescriptions, ask patients to come back and collect the prescription if they aren’t feeling better, write the prescription and ask the patient to delay using […]