Antibiotic Awareness Week provides an opportunity to highlight the problem of antimicrobial resistance and promote the safe and judicious use of antimicrobials in your health service or hospital.
Resources For Antibiotic Awareness Week
The following resources have been developed to assist hospitals to assist hospitals and health service organisations in planning activities for the week. Additional resources for 2015 will be made available prior to the event.
The Commission and NPS MedicineWise have developed a series of e-learning modules on antimicrobial prescribing aimed at prescribers in their first 2 years out of medical school, as well as nurse practitioners, hospital pharmacists and university students. The modules address specific areas where antimicrobial use in hospitals is sub optimal, including surgical prophylaxis and community acquired pneumonia.
The National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) will once again be coordinated in 2016 by the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship.
To find out more visit the NAPS website or contact the NAPS team and start planning participation in the survey.
NPS MedicineWise is asking consumers and health professionals to take the pledge to fight antibiotic resistance. Health professionals are encouraged to have the sometimes difficult conversations with patients when antibiotics are not appropriate. NPS MedicineWise also have a range of resources available to download for use during Antibiotic Awareness Week.