UKHSA Start Smart Then Focus Antimicrobial Stewardship: Effective Implementation During the COVID-19 Pandemic at an NHS Foundation Trust in the UK

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This oral presentation about UKHSA Start Smart Then Focus Antimicrobial Stewardship: Effective Implementation During the COVID-19 Pandemic at an NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. It evaluates the implementation of the 'Start Smart Then Focus' (SSTF) antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) toolkit at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during the COVID-19 pandemic. By analysing 640 patient records from 2019 (pre-pandemic) and 2020 (during the pandemic), the study investigates antibiotic prescribing practices for respiratory tract infections. Key findings include a reduction in hospital stay length and consistent mortality rates, with significant changes in antibiotic allergy classifications. The study underscores the resilience of AMS practices during the pandemic and highlights the need for sustainable AMS measures in future public health crises to combat antimicrobial resistance effectively. The study aligns with the UK Next Five-Year Action PlanConfronting Antimicrobial Resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2024
EventBSAC Spring Conference 2024 & AGM: EFFECTIVE ANTIMICROBIAL MANAGEMENT: THE WHAT, WHY & HOW - QEII Conference Centre London & online, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 May 202418 May 2024
https://bsac-conference.com/

Conference

ConferenceBSAC Spring Conference 2024 & AGM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period17/05/2418/05/24
Internet address

Keywords

  • antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Start smart then focus
  • SSTF
  • Antibiotic Prescribing
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • NHS England
  • NHS research
  • NHS Trust
  • antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • UKHSA
  • Public health
  • Crisis
  • Public Health England
  • PUBLIC HEALTH
  • UK Five-Year Action Plan
  • action planning
  • Five-year Action Plan
  • COVID19
  • COVID19 pneumonia
  • Secondary care
  • hospitals

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