Assessing the current evidence for the effectiveness of interventions in improving the review of antibiotic therapy

In a recently published systematic review by SHIP team PhD Student, Ayodeji Matuluko, interventions to improve the review of antibiotic therapy in acute care hospitals have been found to have positive clinical impact in the short to medium term, although there is insufficient evidence of their sustainability in the long-term. The timely review of antibiotic…

Catching the IPCGC bug

This week’s piece provides insights into students’ experiences of a Masters module led by researchers from the SHIP team. The Infection Prevention and Control in a Global Context (IPCGC) module is offered to students in Trimester B of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) programme at Glasgow Caledonian University. Students are given the choice of…

Research nurses: critical members of clinical research study teams: The experience of the ECONI (Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection) study.

This week’s piece is by Sally Stewart, Research Project Manager ECONI study and SHIP team member/PhD student. The Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection (ECONI) investigated the cost and impact of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) or Nosocomial Infection (NI) to patients, the health service and the wider community. To meet this aim, the team developed…

SHIP PhD students at the virtual 2020 MRF National PhD Training Programme in AMR annual conference

The Medical Research Foundation’s national PhD training programme in AMR is in its 3rd year. This programme was set up to train the future generation of researchers to address the global health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The programme funds a core cohort of PhD students studying AMR in universities across the UK. In addition,…

The SHIP team shine a light on strategies for improving antimicrobial stewardship in farming

In a recently published SHIP team paper—co-authored with colleagues from Health Protection Scotland and the University of Strathclyde—the findings of a scoping review of approaches for improving antimicrobial stewardship in livestock farmers and veterinarians are reported. This is an important topic, because microorganisms’ ability to defeat antimicrobials, known as antimicrobial resistance, is an increasing threat…

New publication highlights how nurses can apply antimicrobial stewardship competencies in Covid-19 response efforts

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) means using antibiotics responsibility to preserve their future effectiveness. The nurse’s role in AMS has always been crucial but during a viral pandemic should this role be given more or less priority? Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continues to cause widespread devastation globally. Although it is a virus and so…

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