How the whole pharmacy team can contribute to antimicrobial stewardship including national strategies and initiatives.
The UKCPA/JOMO study day has become the main event in the respiratory pharmacy calendar. Despite the challenges this year this speakers and sessions were excellent.
NHS attendee at the UKCPA/JOMO respiratory study day
|Satellite||How the whole pharmacy team can contribute to antimicrobial stewardship including national strategies and initiatives.|
|Speakers||Tejal Vaghela (Clinical Practice Programme Manager, West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust, Watford General Hospital)|
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global problem threatening not only public health but also economic development and security. Globally, AMR has the potential to cause 10 million deaths by 2050. AMR can stem from inappropriate antibiotic use, which can include overuse, misuse, underuse or abuse of antibiotics. Rates of antimicrobial misuse in hospitals, including failure to de-escalate and over-prescription of broad spectrum antibiotics, has remained unchanged at 50%.
Antimicrobial stewardship programs are one way to address inappropriate antimicrobial use and AMR. Most Trusts employ an antimicrobial specialist pharmacist. The session will demonstrate how the whole pharmacy team can help to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use in hospital.