A shot of part of the observation chart
Observation Chart

Prescribing for the scenario

We will now begin to consider who needs to be involved if antimicrobial stewardship is to be embedded in clinical and organisational practice and become a routine and multidisciplinary activity.

As a first step, imagine you are working on the ward in the scenario during Bill and Fred’s initial admission. During a ward round you see another patient, John (not shown in the video), who was admitted 5 days prior with urinary retention. John is feeling unwell today and is “shivery”.

Look at the observation chart provided in the “download” section below. A decision will be made to prescribe an antibiotic for John. Consider the following questions and post your comments below:

• Who would usually be involved in the prescribing decision for John where you work?

• Are there other healthcare professionals who you think should be involved in the prescribing decision?

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Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance

University of Dundee