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Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes

START SMART, then FOCUS Audit Bundles help you ensure safe antibiotic prescribing

ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP

Interventions are essential if we are to improve antibiotic prescribing and management of antibiotics within all healthcare settings.

FOCUS or Antibiotic “Time outs” ensure that Antibiotics which have been started empirically while awaiting diagnostic information are reviewed once more clinical and laboratory data (including culture results) become available. The idea of performing a review of antibiotics 48 hours after antibiotics are initiated is necessary so we can check:

Medical Audits provide Start Smart and Focus audit tools in our Antimicrobial stewardship auditing system to enable capture of data that will prompt faster more frequent reviews and assist with education and training of staff on best practice relating to antimicrobial prescribing.


PROSPECTIVE AUDIT AND FEEDBACK

Reviews of antibiotic therapy by Antimicrobial Pharmacists and Consultant Microbiologists are extremely effective in optimizing antibiotics in critically ill patients and in those on multiple antibiotics (Toth el al, 2010).

Using TS+ as part of these prospective audits and feedback sessions more than halves the paperwork and report generation requirements of these key staff ensuring they can spend the time advising rather than double entering data.




ANTIMICROBIAL PHARMACISTS ARE KEY TO GOOD PRESCRIBING PRACTICE AND CAN NOT ONLY IMPROVE ANTIBIOTIC USE THEY CAN GENERATE HUGE SAVINGS IN THE COSTS OF ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT.

Reviews of antibiotic therapy by Antimicrobial Pharmacists and Consultant Microbiologists are extremely effective in optimizing antibiotics in critically ill patients and in those on multiple antibiotics (Toth el al, 2010).

Some of the Interventions that can be put in place as part of Antibiotic stewardship programmes include:

Medical Audit’s Antibiotic Prescribing Focus auditing tool removes the need for double data entry and report preparation increasing the clinical time of Antimicrobial Pharmacists and increasing the time available to audit. This enables more effective utilisation of these very scarce resources.



Medical Audits Supports the Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Programmes






Using Medical Audits TS+ auditing system for antimicrobial stewardship will help you monitor compliance with your antibiotic prescribing policy and evidence compliance for clinical governance assurance

As with all Medical Audits’ systems, the data is available in real time on the audit devices AND on up to the minute digital dashboards, providing staff with feedback as soon as the audit is completed.


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Related Auditing Systems from Medical Audits

Focus

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Medical Audits TS+ antimicrobial monitoring and surveillance system applies lean auditing processes that save hours of time and make the actual audit process itself faster and more efficient

Antibiotic Guardian

Immediate access to data means immediate interventions can be made immediately to ensure patients receive safe effective care

More than half of all patients who are in healthcare facilities receive an antibiotic during their stay CDC, 2015.

The Focus part of stewardship programmes is designed to ensure those who don’t need antibiotics are identified quickly and those who do are prescribed the best antibiotic for their needs.