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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWelcome to this short course on point prevalence surveys, or PPS, as they are sometimes known. Point prevalence surveys are an important part of anti-microbial stewardship programmes. My name is William Malcolm. I'm a pharmacist in NHS National Services Scotland. I'm based in Health Protection Scotland in Glasgow, where I lead on the national surveillance of antibiotic use in Scotland. Hello, and my name is Jacqueline Sneddon. I'm also a pharmacist, and I'm the project lead for the Scottish Anti-Microbial Prescribing Group, which leads the national stewardship programme in Scotland. Resistance to antibiotics is a growing public health problem, but also a problem for the individual treatment of patients in this early part of the 21st century.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsResistance to antibiotics is a problem in all parts of the world and affects all antibiotics. So we know that the development of resistance is a complex process, and how the resistance spreads between bacteria is also complex. But it's accepted that use of antibiotics is what drives resistance. Therefore, improving the way that we use antibiotics will have an impact in tackling resistance. So in this short course on point prevalence surveys, we'll explain where PPS fits into a programme of anti-microbial stewardship activity-- that is, a programme to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics. We'll explain what a point prevalence survey is. We'll outline the types of data that are collected in a PPS.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsAnd we'll help you plan to participate in a PPS in your own hospital. We'll also have a look at how we would analyse data from a PPS, how to share it with colleagues, and how that can help you to drive improvements in prescribing. And in addition to that, we'll also hear from people across the world who have experience of PPS and find out how it helped them to improve their practice. So we hope you enjoy the course. We hope you find it informative.

Skip to 2 minutes and 14 secondsBut most importantly, we hope that by the end of the course you're feeling confident enough to plan to participate in a point prevalence survey in your own hospital to improve the prescribing in your hospital to help combat the threat from anti-microbial resistance.

Welcome to the course

In this video Mr William Malcolm and Dr Jacqueline Sneddon welcome you the course.

This course has been developed by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy as part of a Global programme of short courses to support healthcare professionals involved in the management of infections in understanding key elements of antimicrobial stewardship. We would like to acknowledge the support of our sponsor.

Mr William Malcolm is a pharmaceutical adviser for NHS National Services Scotland based in Health Protection Scotland and a member of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) currently supporting the national programme for surveillance of antimicrobial use in Scotland.

Dr Jacqueline Sneddon is the project lead for the multi-professional SAPG, which leads antimicrobial stewardship in Scotland.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for healthcare professionals involved in the management of infection. It assumes no prior knowledge of the topic.

Course learning outcomes

By the end of this short course you will:

  • Have an understanding of the importance of measuring antimicrobial use.
  • Understand how PPS work within the context of antimicrobial stewardship programmes.
  • Know what to collect and why.
  • Know what training is needed to undertake a PPS.
  • Identify what human resources are required.
  • Have an understanding of data analysis and presentation of data.
  • Understand the limitations of PPS.
  • Know how to use PPS data to drive improvements.

You can use the progress page to see how you are doing in the course.

Membership to the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) is free and a great way to keep up-to-date with antimicrobial resistance and stewardship practices.

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