The Antimicrobial Stewardship Team

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In an attempt to ensure antimicrobials are prescribed appropriately in hospitals, antimicrobial stewardship teams have emerged to advise and educate staff while monitoring compliance with prescribing policies as well as ensuring good standards of patient management.


THE ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP TEAM

 

In an attempt to ensure antimicrobials are prescribed appropriately in hospitals, antimicrobial stewardship teams have emerged to advise and educate staff while monitoring compliance with prescribing policies as well as ensuring good standards of patient management. Typically these teams comprise, at their core, a consultant in infectious diseases and/or clinical microbiology, and a senior pharmacist specializing in infectious diseases, and may also include infection control practitioners. The team takes a lead in reviewing the therapy of individual patients and setting treatment plans, and, often as part of a wider team, will coordinate the writing and review of antibiotic treatment policies. Other responsibilities may include the education and training of clinical staff, the audit of how well prescribers are adhering to the carefully written policies, and the provision of feedback to prescribers. Evidence suggests that this multidisciplinary approach, aligned with targeted and timely feedback, can improve adherence to prescribing policy, reduce drug expenditure, and improve patient outcomes.

 

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