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Evolving technology

In addition to quality indicators, evolving technology has allowed mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to be utilised to collect data on antibiotic prescribing in real-time into spreadsheets or …

Beyond PPS

While PPS are useful to measure the quality of prescribing, they are time consuming to plan and resource intensive to collect the data and analyse the results. Therefore the time …

Experience of PPS from around the world

PPS is a well-established stewardship tool in some parts of the world, but in other countries clinicians have just begun to explore how to use PPS. Click on the countries …

How do you share the results?

PPS results should be used to create a report or output to allow the data to be shared locally in or in some cases published. A variety of formats are …

Why share PPS results?

The most important part of a PPS is sharing the results. Otherwise, no actions to improve prescribing will happen. While using written reports to inform managers and policy makers about …

Large scale global comparison

On an even larger scale, the Global PPS has allowed comparison of antibiotic use across all continents to provide a picture of how antibiotics are being used worldwide. During Week …

Comparing data across a country

Repeated PPS can also be useful on a larger scale to track changes across a whole country and identify hospitals that are performing well and those that require to make …

The value of data comparison

PPS data is most useful to monitor trends over time. This can be done in a specific ward or hospital and at various time intervals to track changes in prescribing …

Displaying PPS data

We can aggregate data from the patient level forms as shown previously in Step 2.5, then use this data within Microsoft Excel, or another spreadsheet software (e.g OpenOffice, Google sheets, …

Aggregating data

Data from individual patients can be aggregated to provide useful information about various aspects of antibiotic use at ward or hospital level. In this step we will show some examples …

Analysis of data from a PPS

In Week 1 we learned what a PPS is, considered what is required to perform a PPS and discussed a range of useful tools to support data collection for PPS. …

Why measure?

Measurement is central to all of our lives. We measure things all the time. Have you ever thought am I gaining or losing weight? Have I enough space for this …

Components of a Stewardship Programme

In this video Dr Jacqueline Sneddon outlines the core components of stewardship and the role of Point Prevalence Surveys in the cycle of antimicrobial stewardship activities. Below you will find …