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Resistance is futile—a conference to promote the rational use of antimicrobials in acute hospitals

Colin W. E. Drummond

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 57, issue 2, pages 171-175
Published in print February 2006 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online November 2005 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jac/dki434
Resistance is futile—a conference to promote the rational use of antimicrobials in acute hospitals

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This article reports on the proceedings of a meeting held in London in July 2005 organized by the Specialist Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance in conjunction with the UK National Prescribing Centre and UK Department of Health. The focus of the meeting was the developing role of the antibiotic pharmacist. The main presentations tackled four aspects of hospital antimicrobial prescribing: the development, maintenance and presentation of guidelines; the role of prescriber education; the importance of team working in multidisciplinary prescribing networks; and preliminary findings on hospital antibiotic consumption in England. The speakers highlighted the progress that has been made and gave examples of good practice, in addition they drew attention to deficiencies and hence the challenges that lie ahead. These include the need for accurate hospital antibiotic usage data in the UK and more integration of clinical outcome data in studies on the control of antimicrobial consumption through the implementation of prescribing guidelines.

Keywords: prescribing guidelines; outcomes; interventions; education

Journal Article.  4475 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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