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Principles of Antibiotic Pharmacotherapy

Caroline Chen is an Antimicrobial Pharmacist at Melbourne Health, and a member of the Melbourne Health/NH&MRC Antimicrobial Stewardship research team and National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) coordinating team. In this presentation, Caroline outlines different classes of commonly used antibiotics, their spectrum of activity and issues to consider when prescribing and administering these commonly used agents. The presentation acknowledges that antibiotics can be a difficult class of drugs to understand, and the importance of utilising the latest version of Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic or local endorsed antibiotic prescribing guidelines, to support appropriate use of these commonly used medicines.

The primary target audience for this presentation is nurses, however beginning prescribers and pharmacists will find the information useful to their practice.

View the presentation:

Part one: Introduction to Antibiotic Therapy

Part one introduces the viewer to some general principles of antibiotic therapy, basic pharmacokinetics, as well as outlining some important aspects of the patient’s clinical condition to be considered when administering antibiotics.

Part two: The Antibiotics

In part two, the spectrum of activity of Beta-lactams – Penicillins, Cephalosporins, and Carbapenems is discussed. Issues relating to Penicillin allergies are also considered.

Part three: Other Antibiotics

In the third and final part of “Principles of Principles of Antibiotic Pharmacotherapy” some of the other commonly used antibiotics are discussed, including the aminoglycoside antibiotics.