Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Toolkit developed for monitoring antibiotic resistance especially among physicians and nurses

Contributed by Siddarth David & Dr. Tamhankar

The Royal College of Nursing in the UK, last week launched a infection control and antibiotic resistance management toolkit. It especially looks at sepsis in two main causes of infections in hospitals pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

The toolkit seeks to highlight organisational approaches to infection  prevention and control across primary, secondary and social healthcare settings. It also provides guidelines to address the hospital acquired infections in the health facility especially at the level of nurses and general physicians. It also lays down indicators to evaluate the steps taken to reduce hospital infection rates and antibiotic use.

The toolkit though not mandatory is the way forward in addressing antibiotic resistance. It can be easily replicated with appropriate contextualization in other national and regional settings.  

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