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…

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…

More research is needed into the economic impact of surgical site infection prevention

In a recently accepted paper by the SHIP team, PhD student Agi McFarland, Professor Jacqui Reilly, Professor Helen Mason and Dr Sarkis Manoukian highlight a need for more robust evidence base in relation to surgical site infection (SSI) prevention. SSIs present a significant burden to healthcare and patients in terms of excess length of stay,…

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