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Antimicrobial Stewardship-Level 1


Antimicrobial resistance is driven by the overuse of antimicrobials and inappropriate prescribing. The increase in resistance is making antimicrobial agents less effective and contributing to infections that are hard to treat. Antimicrobial stewardship initiatives aim to improve the prescribing of all agents, whether they target bacterial, viral, fungal, mycobacterium or protozoal infections. Educating the public and health care professionals in the prudent use of antimicrobials as part of an antimicrobial stewardship program is of paramount importance to preserve these crucial treatments and to help control resistance. Therefore, it is imperative that candidates be equipped with knowledge and skills on antimicrobial stewardship.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of Essential Medicines List (EML) concept, how EML is developed, explaining its role in promoting rational use of medicines, including antimicrobials
  2. Explain the importance of standard treatment guidelines and demonstrate the method of developing it, explaining its role in promoting rational use of medicines, including antimicrobials
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees (PTCs) at hospitals and explain its vital role in rational use of antimicrobials
  4. Explain the concept of Hospital Formularies and the selection criteria for inclusion of medicines in the hospital formulary depending on types of health facilities
  5. Illustrate the importance of using International Non-proprietary Name (INN) or generic names in the EML, STG and hospital formulary

Course Outline

  1. The modes of action of antibiotics and other antimicrobials
  2. Knowledge of the spectrum of activity for commonly prescribed antimicrobials
  3. Basics of Microbiology and Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics
  4. Introduction to Antimicrobial Stewardship
  5. Background readings in Antimicrobial Stewardship
  6. The rational use of antimicrobial agents for prophylaxis to minimize the risk of infection and treatment of infections
  7. Using local guidelines to initiate prompt effective antimicrobial treatment within one hour of presentation, or as soon as possible, in patients with life-threatening infections

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.