Antibiotic Stewardship Foundations
The rationale of this course is to provide participants with the essential knowledge and clinical skills that is needed to be a hospital ward pharmacist. To provide an overview of the basic principles of antimicrobial stewardship and the implementation thereof and to equip participants with the knowledge to implement an antibiotic stewardship programme in their clinical environment.
Purpose of the course:
The purpose of this course is to: • Equip participants with the skills and tools needed to start an antibiotic or any other stewardship programme in their clinical work environment (e.g. hospital). • Give an understanding of the most common pathogens encountered in a hospital and/or clinical work environment • Enable participants to read laboratory results in order to give an educated answer to dose adjustments and therapy in general • Provide participants with an overview and knowledge on the antibiotics used in the hospital and/or clinical work environment • Provide an overview of the importance of infection prevention in antimicrobial stewardship • Equip participants with the tools to identify areas for improvement in their clinical work environment
Learning assumed to be in place:
BPharm degree (or equivalent)
Course outcomes and assessment criteria :
Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria:
|After completion of this course, participants will:||Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:|
|The participant will have the integrated knowledge, critical understanding and application thereof to identify areas for improvement in their clinical work environment (e.g. hospital) and to function as part of a healthcare team.||
|The participant will have integrated knowledge of the basic taxonomy of organisms causing diseases, the different ways of testing for resistance (MIC etc.), the most common organisms found in a clinical environment (e.g. hospital) and the resistance patterns thereof.||
|The participant will have integrated knowledge and be able to interpret blood lab results that can influence patient treatment and therapy.||
|The participant will have a critical understanding and integrated knowledge of antibiotics prescribed for empiric use and the correct choice and dosing of antibiotics.||
Summative assessment by means of the completion of a work assignment at the end of each study unit.
Method of assessment:
Participants will be assessed by means of compulsory work assignments on each study unit. A subminimum of 40% for each work assignment and a course mark of at least 70% must be achieved in order to pass the short course. The four work assignments will contribute equally to the course mark (e.g. average of the marks obtained for the work assignments). Participant who achieve a course mark of 70% of above will receive a certificate of competence.
Mode of delivery:
Pharmacists working in an clinical environment (e.g. hospital)