ABSTRACT NUMBER - S2406

ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP 2018. COLLABORATIVE AUDIT OF ANTIMICROBIAL PRACTICE OF RANZCO FELLOWS


Jessica Ong1, Jo Richards2, Nigel Morlet2

Meeting:  2018 RANZCO


SESSION INFORMATION

Date:      -

Session Title: FREE PAPERS: Rapid Fire Presentations – CPD Audits

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Purpose: Antimicrobial stewardship plays an important role in improving the use of antibiotics and reducing drug resistance. Antibiotics are often used in ophthalmology for various ophthalmic infec- tions and surgical prophylaxis. This audit is part of a comprehensive program which examines antimi- crobial practices and encourages self-evaluation. Focused educational sessions will be held at the 2018 RANZCO Congress. A similar program was conducted in 2017, which revealed important changes in understanding of antimicrobial use fol- lowing teaching sessions. This was demonstrated by the higher percentage of correct answers in the post- test compared to the pre-test. Benchmarking/Standard: Participants were required to submit 10 prospective or retrospective cases where antimicrobials might be used. For each scenario, participants were asked to state the bench- mark or standard from which their prescribing prac- tice was derived. Responses will be compared to evidence-based standards in the educational sessions.
Results: Analysis of submissions will examine pre- scribing trends and take into consideration the source from which practices were derived. Results from the pre-test will contribute to educational material to target areas requiring greater knowledge. Subgroup analysis of behaviour change of partici- pants from last year will be assessed. The practice of new participants will be analysed separately.
Conclusions: Scenarios in which antibiotics are unnecessarily used will be highlighted and partici- pants will be presented with evidence-based recom- mendations. Teaching will be aimed at addressing common prescribing misconceptions and provide evidence and resources to encourage participants to improve their prescribing patterns with confidence.

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