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    Antimicrobial stewardship

    The latest learning and CPD content on antimicrobial stewardship. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to 'Antimicrobial stewardship'.

    CPD and Learning

    Outlining the vital role of each member of the pharmacy team and highlighting best practice when patients present with cold and flu ensures a consistent, high standard of care is available across pharmacy

    Reconsidering community pharmacy’s role in cold and fluVideo

    27 SEP 2019By , ,

    Outlining the vital role of each member of the pharmacy team and highlighting best practice when patients present with cold and flu ensures a consistent, high standard of care is available across pharmacy.

    Teenager takes allergy test

    Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription

    17 JUL 2018By , , ,

    Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.

    Micrograph of Clostridium difficile bacteria

    Clostridium difficile: diagnosis and treatment updateSubscription

    9 FEB 2017By , , ,

    There are around 12,000 cases of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) each year in the UK and during 1999 to 2007, deaths from CDI peaked at around 4,000 per year. This article summarises diagnosis and management, as well as the current therapeutic options for CDI, including faecal microbiota transplant.

    Illustration antibiotic destroying bacteria

    Principles of initiating antimicrobial therapy and empiric prescribingSubscription

    11 AUG 2016By

    Healthcare professionals should be aware of the principles of antimicrobial treatment and the need to reduce inappropriate prescribing to retain the effectiveness of drugs currently available.

    Healthcare-associated infection in England was 6.4% in 2011 and six common infections accounted for over 80% of infections in adults. In the image, a petri dish with a staphylococcus aureus culture

    Healthcare-associated infection: best practice in prevention and controlSubscription

    21 JUL 2015By

    Understand the standard principles and practices of infection control, with a brief overview of initiatives aimed at reducing rates of infection acquired in a healthcare setting.

    Growing antimicrobial resistance is growing and results in 25,000 deaths in Europe each year. In the image, enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacterium in an antibiotic susceptibility test proved to be resistant to all of the antibiotics tested

    Improving antimicrobial stewardshipVideoSubscription

    4 NOV 2014By

    Improve your practice and slow the increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance that already cost around 25,000 deaths across Europe each year.

    Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria

    Antibiotic treatment of Mycoplasma genitalium infectionSubscription

    7 AUG 2019By , ,

    An overview of the 2018 guideline for management of this sexually transmitted infection in men and women.

    Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic commonly used for the treatment of infections and surgical prophylaxis. In the image, surgeons in the middle of an operation

    Gentamicin: dose regimens and monitoring

    4 AUG 2015By ,

    How to calculate the correct dose of gentamicin and monitor patients to prevent toxicity.

    Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus (GAS), pictured

    Scarlet fever: acute management and infection controlSubscription

    9 APR 2015By , ,

    With England facing increased levels of scarlet fever for the second consecutive year, find out how to identify and treat this communicable disease.

    Chlamydia (pictured) is one of a series of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that have increased considerably in the last ten years

    Treating bacterial sexually transmitted infectionsSubscription

    11 NOV 2014By , ,

    With azithromycin made available over the counter for chlamydia treatment, this CPD article reviews how to identify and treat the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections.

    Hidradenitis suppurativa

    Hidradenitis suppurativaSubscription

    5 JUL 2014By

    Although there is no cure for this painful condition, pharmacists can play a key role in its management.

    Tuberculosis and a focus on rifampicinSubscription

    11 MAR 2014By

    A 47-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with acute onset dyspnoea and right-sided pleuritic chest pain. She was diagnosed with a PE (pulmonary embolism) in the right lower lobe, which was complicated by left lower lobe pneumonia, and accompanied by anaemia and thrombocytopenia.

    Other resources

    Target in a petri dish

    Secrets of success: the hospitals slashing their antibiotic useSubscription

    28 NOV 2019By

    Despite the rise of resistant infections, national figures show that antibiotic use continues to grow in hospitals. However, some trusts in England are stepping up their stewardship efforts and achieving significant reductions. Here, three trusts share the secrets to their success.

    Older woman taking antibiotics

    Treat UTIs early in older adults 'to minimise sepsis risk'Subscription

    20 MAR 2019

    Delaying or withholding antibiotics in older adults with urinary tract infections is associated with an increased risk of bloodstream infection and all-cause mortality, research published in The BMJ has shown.

    PCR machine analysing viral DNA

    Point-of-care testing can support antimicrobial stewardshipSubscription

    31 OCT 2018

    Researchers say the integration of point-of-care testing could help identify lower-risk patients in hospitals and subsequently reduce antibiotic use.

    Antibiotic testing, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), agar dish

    Pharmacy’s role in antimicrobial resistance and stewardshipSubscription

    5 JUN 2018By , , Rachel Joynes,

    This article summarises the evidence supporting the role of pharmacists and pharmacy teams in antimicrobial stewardship and outlines the impact of their activities.

    Illustration of MRSA cells

    The global race to combat antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

    31 MAY 2018By

    The Longitude Prize has relaunched after 300 years and this time teams around the world are racing to develop a rapid point-of-care diagnostic test that will help prevent the overuse of antibiotics and put them in the running to win £8m.

    Pharmacist scanning prescription barcode

    Advanced practitioners more likely to prescribe inappropriate antibiotics than doctorsSubscription

    6 APR 2018

    A study has shown that advanced practitioners are more likely to prescribe inappropriate antibiotics than doctors.

    2017 end of year review concept

    2017: Pharmacy's roller-coaster yearSubscription

    14 DEC 2017By

    It has been an unsettling 12 months for pharmacy and as 2017 draws to a close there are still a number of unresolved issues hanging over the New Year.

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    Fluoroquinolone use linked to heart problems, research suggestsSubscription

    30 OCT 2019

    Patients exposed to fluoroquinolone antibiotics are more than twice as likely to develop aortic or mitral regurgitation, compared with patients taking amoxicillin, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

    antibiotic packets

    Point-of-care testing cuts antibiotic use in COPDSubscription

    17 SEP 2019

    Point-of-care C-reactive protein testing reduces antibiotic use in people with acute COPD exacerbations, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has shown.

    Antimicrobal resistance

    Emergency antibiotic supplies double despite concern over AMRSubscription

    25 JUN 2019By

    As the number of antibiotics supplied through the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service increases, concerns are growing over its impact on antimicrobial resistance.

    Dip stick for testing presence of a UTI

    Antibiotics overused in emergency departments for suspected UTISubscription

    16 MAY 2019

    Over 60% of patients treated for a urinary tract infection lack evidence of the infection, a study carried out in a Birmingham emergency department has found.

    Older woman taking antibiotics ss19

    Antibiotic exposure in middle and late adulthood linked to CVD riskSubscription

    10 MAY 2019

    Women exposed to antibiotics in middle or older adulthood have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.

    Obese child standing on scales

    Early life exposure to antibiotics and acid suppressants increases obesity riskSubscription

    18 DEC 2018

    Exposure to antibiotics and acid suppressants in the first two years of life is associated with an increased risk of obesity later in childhood, particularly if prescribed in combination, study results show.


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