End of Week 1
Well done for completing week one of The Role of Antifungal Stewardship!
During the first week of this module, you have been introduced to fungi and their role as pathogens. You should have gained an understanding of:
- The different types of disease that fungi can cause
- Specific patient characteristics and risk factors than can predispose to fungal infection
- Diagnostic tests available to investigate for fungal diseases
- The common groups of antifungals and their use
The core principles of antimicrobial stewardship have also been reviewed.
While fungal infections can present in various ways, the principles of their antifungal management are the same. The focus is on good quality prescribing that follows a thorough assessment and use of diagnostic tests.
The case of Mr Daniels, a gentleman presenting with symptoms and signs of oral thrush, was introduced. You had an opportunity to think about the elements of his management and identify opportunities for antifungal stewardship.
In Week 2, we will dig deeper into fungal diseases. This week will be dominated by two serious fungal infections that pose significant diagnostic challenges.
How do we balance the need for judicious antifungal prescribing against the need to promptly treat a potentially life threatening illness?