Antimicrobial Stewardship: Optimization of Antibiotic Practices
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This course will offer a practical approach to prescribing antibiotic
therapy and development of antimicrobial stewardship across all specialties
Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed classes of drugs
and it is estimated that approximately 50% of antibiotic use, in both the
outpatient and inpatient settings, is inappropriate. At the same
time, in contrast to any other class of drugs, every antibiotic use has
a potential public health consequence – inappropriate use may not harm
only the individual patient, but contributes to societal harm by exerting
an unnecessary selective pressure that may lead to antibiotic resistance
among bacteria. This course will offer a number of illustrative cases,
recognizable to the practicing physician in his or her practice to engage
the learners in the thought processes that lead to optimal decision making,
improved outcomes of individual patients, and harm reduction vis-a-vis
the bacterial ecology.
- Develop skills to apply IDSA guidelines in treating infections such as
acute rhino-sinusitis, and acute bronchitis.
- Apply evidence based antibiotic management to treat sepsis.
- Implement principles of antimicrobial stewardship in your practice.
The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing
medical education for physicians.
- Introduction and Pre-course Assessment
- Unit 1: Mechanisms of Microbial Resistance
- Unit 2: Appropriate Pharmacotherapy
- Unit 3: ASP in Special Settings
- Unit 4: Components
of an Effective ASP
- Unit 5: Implementing
an Effective ASP
- Unit 6: Beyond
Culture and Sensitivity: the future of ASP, Microbiology and Infection Control