Learn more about Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Stewardship:
Think Global, Act Local!
In this presentation, Dr Celia Cooper outlines the aetiology of the increase in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and discusses some of the evidence regarding the role of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in addressing this problem in hospital settings . Dr Celia Cooper highlights the importance of comprehensive infection prevention and control programs along with AMS as essential for tackling AMR in hospitals. Dr Celia Cooper is the immediate past Chair of the Commission’s AMS Advisory Committee, and is currently the Clinical Director of Pathology and Head of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Youth and Women’s Health Service in Adelaide, SA.
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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.
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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.
In part two, the spectrum of activity of Beta-lactams – Penicillins, Cephalosporins, and Carbapenems is discussed. Issues relating to Penicillin allergies are also considered.
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.