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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsComing back to the problem we had in our own hospital. As you can see between July 2002 and December 2010, there is a constant rise in overall antibiotic use.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsAnd you can see from the next figure, figure 2, a calendar plot, that this trend continued to rise from 2000 to 2010 with various intermissions, intense plots, lighter plots, but overall an increase. So, again, I'd like you to reflect, do you have similar rising trends of antibiotic use in your own hospital or region? What strategies could you plan to arrest the rising trend of antibiotic use. I would like you to list some strengths and weaknesses of the strategies that you write down. And prioritise these strategies based on feasibility, sustainability, and cost effectiveness in your own context.

The problem

Antibiotics in this hospital’s formulary were dispensed from various dispensing sections within the hospital after purchase with a prescription.

The prescriptions came from various departments ranging from broad specialties to higher specialties. In this video Dr Chandy explains that between the period 2002 to 2010, antibiotic consumption in the hospital was rising.

Watch the video and consider the following questions:

  • Do you have a similar rising trend of antibiotic use in your own hospital or region?

  • What possible strategies could you plan to arrest the rising trend of antibiotic use in this case?

After watching the video you may want to take some time to do the following:

  • List strengths and weaknesses of each strategy.

  • Prioritise the strategies based on feasibility, sustainability, and cost effectiveness in your context.

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This video is from the free online course:

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance

University of Dundee

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