Appropriate Antibiotic use in Aged Care

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With the World Health Organization declaring antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a major health concern, the prevalence of antibiotics in aged care poses a significant threat to a vulnerable population. In order to minimise the risk, it is critical to prescribe and manage antibiotics appropriately.

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Despite about 10% of aged care residents taking antimicrobials on any given day, only one-third of these clients are actually displaying signs of infection. Antimicrobials is the broad term used to describe all medications that treat infections caused by pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi). <strong>Antibiotics</strong> are the specific type of antimicrobial used to treat <strong>bacterial infections.


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Lynn Hancock
24 Jul 2020
Great resources and informative article.
Pamela Boyd
18 Jul 2020
Explained very clearly, well worth the time invested, thanks.
Lyn Flanagan
20 Sep 2020
Was an informative education on anti biotic resistance.
Rebecca Brennan
22 Jul 2020
Great refresher of already existing knowledge.
Jeanne Arona
28 May 2021
Good refresher on AMS.
Baljeet kaur
15 Jan 2022
Using antibiotics appropriately by accurately assessing the client; confirming the client’s condition; prescribing the correct antibiotic; Prescribing the correct dose; Administering antibiotics through the correct route;Administering antibiotics at the correct time; Administering antibiotics for the correct duration of time; andConducting timely reviews.there is direct link between microbial resistance and misuse of antibiotics
Surakshya Rana
23 Mar 2021
Helped me to learn more about medication errors.
Pamela Boyd
26 Sep 2021
Comprehensive & informative - good R/V of Anti microbial stewardship.
Michele Solari
17 Jul 2020
This resource reinforced what I already knew but, trying to re-educate others and in particular my superiors has been a struggle.
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