This course will equip clinicians who frequently prescribe antimicrobials with knowledge and tools to improve their use of these essential medications in daily clinical practice. Through case based examples, the course will highlight how antimicrobial stewardship principles can be applied to common clinical scenarios. We will first review foundational clinical knowledge necessary to use antimicrobials wisely. Then, we will illustrate how clinicians can incorporate this knowledge into the management of patients with common infections through adherence to the five core competencies of appropriate antimicrobial prescribing. This course will provide a framework for approaching each clinical encounter from the perspective of combating antimicrobial resistance. We hope it will assist you in your practice and inspire you to be a champion of antimicrobial stewardship.
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Overview: Welcome to the massive-open online course on Antimicrobial Stewardship: A competency based approach. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs and their discovery is among the most important advances of the 20th century. There is, however, accumulating data illustrating that antimicrobial misuse is widespread in all healthcare settings. This misuse contributes to the emergence of multi-drug resistant organisms, which threaten to undermine many of the most important medical advances of the last century. In order to preserve the utility of these life-saving drugs, we all must use antibiotics wisely. “Antimicrobial stewardship” refers to interventions designed to promote the optimal use of antibiotic agents, including drug choice, dosing, route, and duration of administration. To address antimicrobial resistance, all clinicians must become stewards of antimicrobials by prescribing them appropriately and educating their patients and colleagues on the proper use of this increasingly scarce medical resource. In this set of 14 modules, you will first review foundational clinical knowledge necessary to use antimicrobials wisely (Module A-E). Then, we will illustrate how clinicians can incorporate this knowledge into their daily work using common clinical scenarios (Module F-N).
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should be able to understand core competencies of antimicrobial stewardship and how they can be applied to common clinical scenarios.
Course duration: Approximately 8 hours.
Certificates: A confirmation of participation is offered at the end of the course.
Disclaimer This course is not meant to supplant clinical judgement and the need to seek the advice of specialists in infectious disease or microbiology, particularly for discussion and evaluation of complex cases, or evaluation of those patients whose clinical considerations are beyond the scope of most guidelines. WHO expressly disclaims responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this course. WHO does not endorse specifically any test, guideline, treatment, or procedure mentioned in this course.