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A quick win strategy from South Africa

Dr Adrian Brink outlines the strategy implemented in 47 hospitals in South Africa to improve antibiotic prescribing.

In this video Dr. Adrian Brink introduces a strategy implemented in 47 hospitals in South Africa (a resource limited setting) to improve antibiotic prescribing using the AS techniques that have been outlined throughout the course.

This quick win will enable you to:

  • Understand how, with limited resources (limited ID trained clinicians or pharmacists), obtainable interventions can be achieved: “Picking the low-hanging fruit” of AS

  • Understand how to implement a pharmacist – driven prospective audit and feedback model to initiate and establish a basic Antimicrobial Stewardship (AS) programme in multiple, non-academic, urban or rural/remote institutions

  • Understand how to effect change utilising a formal approach of step-wise change management and quality improvement principles.

If you work in a health-care setting, other than a large academic institution, selecting the most obtainable targets with limited resources (“low-hanging” fruit in reference to AS) might be especially relevant to you.

The simple interventions explained in this video, as opposed to more complex strategies, are ideal if you have not yet begun to initiate an AS programme and would like to know where to begin, what to do and what results you might expect to achieve.

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