Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Antibiotic Stewardship Team wins gold at the Victorian Public Health Awards

The Antibiotic Stewardship Team at the Alfred Hospital, including A/Prof Allen Cheng from the DEPM's Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit has been recognised at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. The team was awarded ‘Gold,’ the highest ranking, in the Healthcare Innovations awards category.
The Antibiotic Stewardship Team are responsible for the ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship; Improving the quality of antimicrobial prescribing' program. This project has been running since 2011, and has been successful in reducing inappropriate antimicrobial use.

Antimicrobials are responsible for killing, or inhibiting the growth of, microorganisms. The most well-known example of this technique are antibiotics, which target bacteria, but it also incorporates a wide range of other processes, such as antifungals, antivirals and antiparasitics.  

Previous work has also examined the role of public policy in preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics, and the use of antibiotics in aged care facilities. More recently, work done at The Alfred has shown that an audit and feedback process was successful in reducing broad spectrum use, specifically in two types of antibiotics – cesphalosporins and glycopeptides – across the hospital.

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