Antimicrobial resistance – where microorganisms (such as bacteria) develop resistance to antimicrobial medicines – limits the effective treatment of infections and is a growing threat to global public health. Inappropriate use of antimicrobials is one of the main drivers of antimicrobial resistance, and something that Australia manages carefully.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care developed Antimicrobial stewardship in Australian hospitals in 2011 to help healthcare organisations to deliver the best possible antimicrobial care. The Commission has just updated this valuable resource with the latest evidence and best practice, and Antimicrobial stewardship in Australian health care was released at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases conference in May 2018.
Chapters 1–7 of the resource provide strategies for implementing and sustaining antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and chapters 8–12 examine the roles of the different clinicians in AMS. The new resource is available online.