End of week 2 summary
Congratulations on completing week 2!
This week we have focused on engaging with medicines use, and we’ve looked at some practical tools we can use in order to prescribe antimicrobials more responsibly. Hopefully, you now understand the importance of delayed prescriptions, de-escalations and treating the underlying causes of infections. You will also now have a better idea of how to monitor and benchmark the antimicrobial use at your practice and why its important to make regular comparisons to other practices.
You will have started the first of the collection of case studies on how AMS can be achieved in individual species. While the focus should be on your species discipline that you work with most often, we encourage you again to engage with all of the case studies. They all contain really useful, interesting and key learning points.
Use the comments section on these steps to discuss how the ideas presented in one species discipline could be adapted to where you work!
Next week we will continue looking at some more case studies, and you will also be introduced to some ideas of AMS in human medicine, which you can link and adapt to veterinary practice. We will then finish the course with some tools for motivating lasting change amongst clients and transforming antimicrobial use within your local context.
Thank you for completing this week of the course, we hope it has been useful and engaging! We look forward to seeing you next week, where we hope you will stay active on the course by getting involved in all the discussions!