Jessica Ong1, Jo Richards2, Nigel Morlet2
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.
COMPARISON OF RANIBIZUMAB AND AFLIBERCEPT IN PATIENTS WITH NEOVASCULAR AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION TREATED FOLLOWING A ?TREAT AND EXTEND? PROTOCOL: EFFICACY VARIABLES FROM THE PRE-SPECIFIED 12- MONTH INTERIM ANALYSIS OF THE RIVAL STUDY