An investigation into factors affecting the implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in two acute care settings

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Abstract

This study investigates the factors impacting the implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) before and during the COVID-19 pandemic across two acute care settings. Utilising storytelling to enhance the impact of the research, the study focuses on the dual challenges posed by COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

The research highlights the importance of effective AMS to address both viral and bacterial threats. It presents a "tale of two pandemics," examining how COVID-19 and AMR intersect and complicate treatment protocols. The study emphasises the crucial role of AMS in maintaining the appropriate and effective use of antibiotics, which are vital in preventing infections and preserving their efficacy.

Key factors affecting antibiotic use, both before and during the pandemic, are explored through the perspectives of healthcare professionals. By leveraging storytelling, the research aims to communicate complex issues in a more engaging and relatable manner, thereby increasing the understanding and impact of AMS principles.

The study provides practical recommendations to enhance patient care safety and quality, ensuring that AMS practices are upheld even in the face of unprecedented healthcare challenges. By addressing these factors, the study contributes to ongoing efforts to improve AMS implementation, ultimately safeguarding public health against the threats of AMR and future pandemics.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2022
EventDoctoral College PGR Conference 2022 - Hatefield, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 May 202219 May 2022

Conference

ConferenceDoctoral College PGR Conference 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityHatefield
Period19/05/2219/05/22

Keywords

  • storytelling
  • vision
  • antimicrobial agents
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Antimicrobial stewardship programme
  • Antimicrobial stewardship competencies
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship/methods
  • Antimicrobial stewardship programs
  • Antimicrobials
  • Antibiotic awareness week
  • antibiotic classification
  • antibiotic duration
  • Antibiotic guardian
  • Antibiotic Prescribing
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Antibiotic research
  • Antibiotic sensitivity
  • Antibiotic safety
  • antibiotic utilitsation
  • Antibiotics
  • Public health
  • PUBLIC HEALTH
  • Public Health England
  • Public health intervention
  • Public Health Improvement
  • Global Health
  • global health care
  • Covid-19
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19
  • acute care
  • Acute care setting
  • Hospital
  • NHS
  • NHS England
  • NHS Trust
  • Storytelling
  • Pneumonia
  • respiratory infections

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