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An overview of the main differences between the symptoms for colds, flu and COVID-19, to enable pharmacy teams to advise patients effectively on their management, including treatment and/or referral.
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.
Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription
Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.
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.
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.
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.
Improving antimicrobial stewardshipVideoSubscription
Improve your practice and slow the increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance that already cost around 25,000 deaths across Europe each year.
Case-based learning: impetigoSubscription
Pharmacists need to identify and manage impetigo effectively to help prevent its spread.
An overview of the 2018 guideline for management of this sexually transmitted infection in men and women.
How to calculate the correct dose of gentamicin and monitor patients to prevent toxicity.
With England facing increased levels of scarlet fever for the second consecutive year, find out how to identify and treat this communicable disease.
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.
Urinary tract infections are the second most common reason for prescribing an antibiotic and, with antimicrobial stewardship a priority for the government, the stakes for accurate diagnosis are being raised ever higher.
Point-of-care testing for influenza could improve antimicrobial use, feasibility study concludesSubscription
Point-of-care testing for influenza is feasible in primary care and may improve antimicrobial use, a study in the British Journal of General Practice has concluded.
The vast majority of people with a penicillin allergy label are, in fact, not allergic, leading to significant healthcare implications. Experts say it is now time for a national “de-labelling” drive to help conserve vital antibiotics.
Local implementation of national guidance on management of common infections in primary care in EnglandSubscription
Local adoption and adaptation of national antimicrobial prescribing guidance in primary care.
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.
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.
Researchers say the integration of point-of-care testing could help identify lower-risk patients in hospitals and subsequently reduce antibiotic use.
This article summarises the evidence supporting the role of pharmacists and pharmacy teams in antimicrobial stewardship and outlines the impact of their activities.
With antibiotic resistance set to cost 10 million lives per year by 2050, there is a renaissance of interest in the potential of bacteriophages to be the next generation of bacteria killers.
Macrolide antibiotics have many uses, particularly for penicillin-allergic patients, but recent trends suggest that resistance is increasing among Gram-positive infections.
Sepsis risk factors could help inform antimicrobial stewardship in primary care, study suggestsSubscription
Risk of sepsis and benefit from antibiotics following a GP consultation for infection are more substantial among those who are older, frail or who have had a urinary tract infection, a study has found.
Clarithromycin linked to increased haemorrhage risk in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulantsSubscription
Older adults taking direct oral anticoagulants are more likely to be admitted to hospital for haemorrhage after receiving clarithromycin compared with azithromycin, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has suggested.
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.
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.