How to set up an Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme
Learn how to set up an antimicrobial stewardship programme
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of today’s most significant public health problems. Over several decades, microbes can develop resistance to antimicrobial medicines, rendering these life-saving medicines ineffective.
On this three-week course, you’ll learn the steps to set up an antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programme to protect our antibiotics and tackle AMR.
Discover the impact of both AMR and AMS
You’ll start the course by exploring the impact of AMR around the globe and look at the factors that lead to more resistance.
Next, you’ll explore the value of AMS and how to set goals for tackling AMR that fit your setting. You’ll also look at the impact of AMS on clinical, economic, and microbiological outcomes.
Implement your own antimicrobial stewardship programme in your setting
You’ll explore how to set up an AMS programme in your setting. You’ll start with the fundamentals, learning about the resources and structures you need to begin your AMS journey.
You’ll then study how to properly plan your programme, working with tools to analyse your setting and develop an action plan. With this knowledge, you’ll look at implementing your AMS programme with tools and tips for tackling AMS worldwide.
Reflect on how to keep improving with the experts at BSAC
You’ll also explore how to review your AMS programme once it has been set up. Next, you will investigate the different types of measurement that can help give insight into a programme’s success.
Finally, you’ll examine strategies for educating and training everyone involved in AMS so that you can create a sustained improvement cycle.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Investigate the drivers of antimicrobial resistance and understand the need for antimicrobial stewardship
- Explore the behaviour change challenge behind improving antibiotic usage
- Identify the structures and set up required for an AMS programme
- Demonstrate the process of planning and performing AMS interventions
- Explore the importance of assessing and monitoring AMS programmes and interventions
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for healthcare professionals and clinical training grade staff working in secondary care settings.
ICARS mission is to partner with low- and middle-income countries’ ministries and research institutions to co-develop and test cost-effective, context-specific AMR solutions with potential for scale-up across the One Health spectrum. Through provision of funding and technical expertise, ICARS works top-down with LMIC governments and policymakers as well as bottom-up with practitioners and stakeholders to identify and address AMR priorities.
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