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Editors’ Choice: BSAC journals roundup March 2024

29th February 2024

Explore the latest Editors’ picks from Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC) and JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance (JAC-AMR). The focus this month is on stewardship, with a look at BSAC’s Global Antimicrobial Stewardship Accreditation Scheme, an assessment of how the TARGET toolkit can support pharmacy technicians, and studies examining appropriateness of prescribing in children, neutropenic fever patients and a low-income setting. And a review of systematic reviews asks whether nirmatrelvir/ritonavir is effective for treatment of COVID-19.

Improving antimicrobial stewardship programs using multidisciplinary teams

26th February 2024

To celebrate the launch of our new e-learning course, Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs using Multidisciplinary Teams, Lead Educator and Specialist Antimicrobial Pharmacist at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Sally Tipping, describes her experiences as working as part of a multidisciplinary team, and how sharing knowledge and experience can help Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) programs deliver positive patient outcomes.

UKAR: The secrets of successful study site

26th February 2024

The UK Antimicrobial Registry (UKAR) Study – a collaboration between BSAC and The University of Aberdeen – has now been open to participant recruitment for 9 months. During this time, hospitals from 22 NHS Trusts across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England have joined the UK-wide registry. In this short article, Kathleen and Azeezat, members of the NHS Grampian team, explain what it takes to be a successful site.

The Global Antimicrobial Stewardship Hub (GASPH) – supporting antimicrobial stewardship practice

22nd February 2024

The Global Antimicrobial Stewardship Partnership Hub is a dedicated space to meet the education and training needs of the global healthcare community. This short article explores how the scheme brings organisations together to support appropriate antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance.

Pharmacy professionals should ‘seize the day’ by getting involved with the BioDrive AFS study to further their research expertise

31st January 2024

Antimicrobial stewardship research is a space where pharmacy professionals (pharmacists and pharmacy technicians) can be involved at all levels of research leadership, planning and delivery. Pharmacists have expert knowledge of medicines and are supported by pharmacy technicians who ensure medication is supplied and used effectively. In terms of clinical trials, both are involved primarily in secondary care clinical trial units and may undertake roles, such as ensuring adherence to research protocols, and the safe and effective use of Investigational Medicinal Products (IMP).

Editors’ Choice: BSAC journals roundup Feb 2024

30th January 2024

Explore the latest Editors’ picks from Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC) and JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance (JAC-AMR). This month, learn about optimizing penicillin allergy de-labelling; why comparing human and animal antimicrobial usage needs a rethink; the high risk of antibiotic-resistant infections after organ transplants; and a simple change that improves detection of carbapenemase producers. Plus, two different success stories involving Streptococcus swab testing.

Diplomats to gather in UK Parliament to tackle spreading threat of antimicrobial resistance

29th January 2024

On February 28th, the High Commissions of Barbados and Bangladesh, the Ineos Oxford Institute and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy will host a reception for Ambassadors and High Commissioners in the House of Commons aimed at tackling the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Call for expressions of interest: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

17th January 2024

BSAC’s Flagship Journal, the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Join us to lead this highly respected journal as we approach our 50th anniversary.

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