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Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance

19 November 2021

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today and at PA Hospital, the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Team are working hard to spread awareness and stop resistance.

PAH Pharmacist and Antimicrobial Stewardship Team member Sheryn Wang is issuing a timely reminder that education and training, alongside careful antimicrobial use, will minimise the proliferation of drug-resistant infections and adverse patient outcomes.

“Understanding the underlying causes of infections and knowing how to use antibiotics safely and effectively for each patient’s unique situation will improve patient care,” she said.

She said the Metro South Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidelines and antimicrobial restrictions list available on MSH Prescribe are valuable resources to support safe prescribing, with new sepsis guidelines to be introduced in early 2022.

Infectious Diseases Physician, Dr Evan Bursle, says these new guidelines focus on getting the right antibiotics to very ill patients, in the most optimal fashion, and at the right time.

“These new sepsis guidelines will help get our patients the correct antibiotics at the right time, which will improve their recovery outcome and reduce the need for prolonged treatment which has added risks.

“By improving antibiotic best practice in this specific patient cohort, we hope to reduce overall antibiotic use and protect against harm from antibiotic use as well,” he said. 

For sepsis - and all other infections, the Metro South AMS Team encourages the careful use of antibiotics that is always guided by evidence and local resistance patterns.

“The AMS program is available to assist clinicians by reviewing antimicrobial prescription and providing direct and timely feedback,” Sheryn said.

The Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship team including physicians, registrars and pharmacists are available for infection and antimicrobial advice via Switch.

Last updated 19 November 2021
Last reviewed 19 November 2021

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