Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard
During November, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) launched the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard – the first standard that applies to clinical practice to be launched in Australia.
Australia has one of the highest rates of antibiotic use in the developed world. Although antimicrobial resistance is a natural feature of bacterial evolution, the inappropriate use of antibiotics has increased the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in hospitals and healthcare facilities and in the community.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard aims to ensure every use of an antibiotic is targeted and appropriate to effectively treat patients, while limiting the rise of resistant bacteria that could harm the whole community.