Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

Antimicrobial resistance poses a significant threat to public health because antimicrobials underpin much of routine clinical practice. The Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard supports quality improvement by health services and clinicians to help reduce antimicrobial resistance.

The 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard was released on 24 November 2020.

2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard provides guidance to clinicians and health service managers on delivering appropriate care when prescribing antimicrobials. It was first published in 2014 and was updated in 2020 following a review of current evidence and consultation with clinical experts and key organisations.

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AMS CCS SHPA CPD - Webinar

Webinar for health professionals: the 2020 AMS Clinical Care Standard

The 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard is being launched on 24 November 2020 during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. 

The Commission is conducting a webinar in collaboration with the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, to promote the launch of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard and answer questions about the revised standard and its implementation. 

Webinar details:

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020

Location: Virtual webinar via Zoom                   

Time: 1-2pm (AEDT)

Content: Presentations and Q&A with panel 

Speakers: Dr Kathryn Daveson & Professor John Turnidge, facilitated by Fiona Doukas & Julia Hruz

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Introduction

Infections are caused by organisms called microbes, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. Medicines used to treat infections are called antimicrobials, and destroy the specific microbes involved. However, when microbes develop ways to prevent the antimicrobial medicine from effectively killing or controlling their growth, that medicine is no longer effective for that infection. This is called antimicrobial resistance.1

Although antimicrobial resistance is a natural feature of microbial evolution, the inappropriate use of antimicrobials has increased the development of antimicrobial-resistant microbes in hospitals, other healthcare facilities and in the community.1,2,3

To help prevent the development of antimicrobial resistance, it is important that healthcare professionals prescribe and administer antimicrobials according to the principles of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). This includes processes such as prescribing antimicrobials only when needed (and not for mild infections such as colds, earache or sore throats), and ensuring the correct use of medicines when they are needed.

Quality statements in the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

Indicators for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

A set of suggested indicators has been developed to assist with local implementation of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard. Clinicians and health services can use the indicators to monitor implementation of the quality statements, and support improvements as needed.

The indicator specification is available from METeOR and via the Indicators page

2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard resources

2014 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard resources

The 2014 AMS Clinical Care Standard resources have been superseded by the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard. However health service organisations being assessed against the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, specifically Action 3.15, have until 1 January 2022 to implement the 2020 AMS Clinical Care Standard.

During the transition to the new Clinical Care Standard, these documents may still be required for health services undergoing assessment to the NSQHS Standards.