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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Management

Speaker: Karen Ousey, PhD, FRSB, RGN, FHEA, CMgr MCMI

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most serious health threats of the 21st century, with a prediction of 10 million excess deaths each year globally by 2050, exceeding deaths caused by cancer. Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is one of a range of tools that can be used effectively to reduce AMR in wound management while ensuring the appropriate assessment and management of infected wound types. The development, education, and integration of AMS champions into health care areas should be embraced, with AMS being the responsibility of all multidisciplinary team members.

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Building Blocks of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Inappropriate or unnecessary antibiotic use contributes to the global problem of antimicrobial resistance. Given the increasing numbers of deaths that result from drug-resistant-infections, antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has emerged as a viable approach to reverse this trend. This white paper is a guide to creating an effective, evidence-based AMS program in wound care settings to reduce the use of systemic antibiotic therapy while at the same time preventing or treating infection.


Quick Facts – Antimicrobial Stewardship

This fact sheet provides background data on antimicrobial resistance and practical guidance on antimicrobial stewardship. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.


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Terms to Know: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antibiosis: The biological relationship between two organisms in which one living organism kills another to ensure its existence.

Antimicrobial resistance: The process that occurs when bacteria, fungi, and parasites (microorganisms) change over time and no longer respond to antimicrobial medications. This resistance makes it more difficult to treat infections and increases the risk of spreading diseases that result in severe illness and death.

Antimicrobial stewardship plan: An antimicrobial stewardship plan should seek to prevent wound infection in the first place and should promote ideal antibiotic use in clinically infected patients while also preventing use of antibiotics in non-infected patients.

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