Two NHS Tayside staff members have co-authored a chapter in a new textbook on antimicrobial stewardship.
Advanced nurse practitioner antimicrobial stewardship Jo McEwen and advanced antimicrobial pharmacist Heather Kennedy co-authored chapter four of ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practice’.
With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, it is now more important than ever that we adopt, implement and embed stewardship principles in daily practice. This textbook is the first to be written on the nursing role in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and offers a clear and concise guide to good nursing practice in this area.
The book explores all elements of AMS and is structured around a competency framework endorsed by scientific and professional societies, including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and supports the standards of proficiency for registered nurses. It details where nurses can optimise the use of antibiotics for the best clinical outcome, whilst ensuring minimal toxicity to the patient and minimal impact on subsequent antimicrobial resistance.
Those who are interested in purchasing the book can access the website here and NHS Tayside staff can receive a 20% discount using code CCAB20 at checkout.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has also highlighted the essential role of nurses and midwives in AMS and this is reflected in the recent changes to the Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses and Midwives.
Other Antimicrobial Stewardship Learning Resources:
In November 2019, NHS Education for Scotland published “Raising Awareness of Antimicrobial stewardship for Nurses and Midwives” online resource to support nurses and midwives in applying antimicrobial stewardship to their clinical practice. The resource is available via Turas, LearnPro and directly from the NES website.
The ScRAP programme is an educational toolkit to help support a reduction in unnecessary antibiotic prescribing in primary care. ScRAP can be accessed directly from the NES website.
FutureLearn is an online repository of online courses. There are currently several courses on antimicrobial stewardship, including:
Gain insight into antimicrobial resistance, learn about the threats it poses to wound care, and explore preventative measures.
Understand antibiotic resistance, and how antimicrobial stewardship can slow down or reduce it, with this free online course.
Find out how effective infection control in health and social care can tackle the global risk of antimicrobial resistance.
Learn how vaccines work and can be used for infectious disease control with this online course for healthcare professionals.
- TARGET Antibiotics – Prescribing in Primary Care
Helping primary care professionals to target the use of antibiotics to reduce antimicrobial resistance.