Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) provides a systematic approach for monitoring and improving the use of all antimicrobials at Canberra Health Services (CHS). This is important to reduce the progression of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), limit adverse outcomes for patients and reduce healthcare associated infections (HAI).
Increasing antimicrobial resistance threatens the preservation of antimicrobials for the use of future generations.
Inappropriate use of antimicrobials has been associated with antimicrobial resistance. The safe and appropriate use of antimicrobial is required as part of National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
Included below are the Standard Operating Procedure related to Antimicrobial Stewardship at Canberra Health Services, a brief tutorial on the AMS Processes used at CHS by the AMS pharmacist and a bunch of other resources that you should find useful!