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QEII Hospital fights antibiotic resistance

7 December 2018

QEII Hospital’s multidisciplinary team of antibiotic resistance fighters are battling harder than ever to protect one of medicine’s best weapons—antibiotics.

QEII Pharmacist Mandy Ng said antibiotic resistance was one of the greatest threats to human health today and QEII healthcare professionals were responding to the threat, prescribing appropriately, and ensuring patients were following medication advice.   

“When we use antibiotics, some bacteria die but resistant bacteria can survive. The more we use and misuse antibiotics, the more chances bacteria have to become resistant to them,” she said.

“Over the last few years, a number of support measures have been put in place to ensure QEII is doing all it can to help fight antibiotic resistance.

“For doctors, guidelines and support from pharmacists is helping to take the guess work out of prescribing. For patients, education and monitoring is key.”

Dr Ng said she was proud that QEII’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program fulfilled all Australian Council on Healthcare Standards’ accreditation requirements in 2018.

“The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program’s role is to ensure the right antibiotics are given to the right patients at the right dose and duration so that they can be effective in the treatment of bacterial infections, while minimising the development of resistance,” she said.

“We have strict guidelines around antibiotic choice, dose and frequency, to prevent patients from having an adverse reaction to the medication.”

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program recently presented 11 QEII staff members with certificates in recognition of their efforts in fighting antibiotic resistance.

Certificate recipients

  • In recognition of good antimicrobial prescribing: Dr Gregory Polkinghorne, General Medicine
  • In recognition of good antimicrobial prescribing: Dr Andrew Wang, Urology
  • In recognition of support for Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Dr Renee Tabone, General Surgery
  • In recognition of vigilance in sepsis care: Dr David Martin, General Medicine
  • In recognition as a nurse role model in Antimicrobial Stewardship: Kirsten Power, Ward 5B
  • In recognition as a nurse role model in Antimicrobial Stewardship: Fiona Sawley, Ward 2A
  • In recognition as a nurse role model in Antimicrobial Stewardship: Anne Marie Bennett, Ward 2A
  • In recognition as a nurse role model in Antimicrobial Stewardship: Peter Brown, Ward 3B
  • In recognition of support of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Stoma Therapy Team, Jennifer Gallagher and Suzana Hey, Ward 5B
  • In recognition of contribution towards pharmaceutical care of H.pylori patients: Yvonne Graham, Pharmacy
Last updated 7 December 2018
Last reviewed 7 December 2018

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