Antimicrobial Stewardship from Policy to Practice: Experiences from UK Antimicrobial Pharmacists

Mark Gilchrist, Paul Wade, Diane Ashiru Oredope, Philip Howard, Jacqueline Sneddon, Laura Whitney, Hayley Wickens

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Abstract

Antimicrobial stewardship in the UK has evolved dramatically in the last 15 years. Factors driving this include initial central funding for specialist pharmacists and mandatory reductions in healthcare-associated infections (particularly Clostridium difficile infection). More recently, the introduction of national stewardship guidelines, and an increased focus on stewardship as part of the UK five-year antimicrobial resistance strategy, have accelerated and embedded developments. Antimicrobial pharmacists have been instrumental in effecting changes at an organizational and national level. This article describes the evolution of the antimicrobial pharmacist role, its impact, the progress toward the actions listed in the five-year resistance strategy, and novel emerging areas in stewardship in the UK.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalInfectious Diseases and Therapy
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Antibiotic
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Pharmacy
  • Resistance

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