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What is AMS and why is it important?

What is AMR? Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is a coordinated programme that promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of …

Challenges of AMS in the Haematology Oncology Department

Dr Mushira Enani will discuss the challenges and solutions associated with AMS in the haematology oncology department, and immunocompromised patients. Patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and those undergoing allogeneic …

Stewardship in the ER

In this video, Dr Nesrine Rizk discusses the difficulties involved in practising AMS in the ER and highlights how ASP programmes can be tailored for this environment. She highlights the …

AMS in the ICU/Critical Care

The following article on the importance of AMS in the ICU and how to successfully implement strategies was written by Nesrine Rizk MD and Nisrine Haddad PharmD. Patients in the …

AMS in inpatient general care

In this video, Dr Mushira Enani talks to Lailah Alawdah about her experience of implementing AMS in the paediatric intensive care unit within King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh. The video …

Improving Surgical Antimicrobial Prophylaxis

In the following article, Dr Mushira Enani discusses AMS in the context of surgical prophylaxis. Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) are a major contributor to patient injury, mortality and health care …

Low hanging fruit

There are many potential strategies, interventions and/or tools that can be used to drive stewardship improvement, but they need to be tailored to your local context and antibiotic stewardship issues. …

Metrics for AMS Programme Evaluation

One of the most commonly used metrics to evaluate antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) is antimicrobial consumption metrics which is discussed in the previous step. In this step, we will discuss …

Resistance surveillance

Dr Nesrine Rizk discusses what resistance surveillance is, what it involves, and how it is carried out. To better understand and respond to antimicrobial resistance patterns and key drivers, information …

Measurement of Antibiotic Consumption

Dr Khalid Eljaaly describes how there are several methods for measuring the quality of antibiotic prescribing and interventions by the antibiotic stewardship program and health care professionals. Without electronic prescribing, …

Core Interventions

In this video, Laila Alwadah discusses core antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) strategies that a hospital may implement. There are multiple strategies that may be chosen – there are strategies that can …

Pre and Post Antimicrobial Prescription

Chung GW et al. Virulence 2013;4(2):151–157 One way to organise the different stewardship strategies into a conceptual framework is to place them into four categories based on two factors: 1) …