The Nurse’s Role in Antimicrobial Stewardship

Sonia Koning1,2, Noleen Bennett1,3

 

1 National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Doherty Institute 792 Elizabeth St Melbourne, VIC, 3000

2 Eastern Health, Nelson Road Box Hill, VIC, 3128, sonia.koning@easternhealth.org.au

3 Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre, Doherty Institute 792 Elizabeth St Melbourne, VIC, 3000, noleen.benett@mh.org.au

 

To date, antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs implemented to promote appropriate antimicrobial use have primarily targeted the practices of doctors, microbiologists and pharmacists. Nurses can also play an important role in AMS. This workshop explores the many AMS activities that clinical nurses already undertake or may undertake. Barriers and enablers to participation and the specific role of Infection Control Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and other Nurse Leaders will be discussed as well as the future directions for education and research specifically for nurses. In order to support and enhance the nurse’s role in AMS, this session will also cover the antibiotic management of common infections, including pharmacotherapy, the role of microbiological samples and their clinical significance.

 

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