Launch of Antimicrobial Stewardship Prescribing App (3)

22 November, 2019

Dear all

This Antimicrobial Stewardship Prescribing App is highly commendable. It would be a useful tool in our Antimicrobial Stewardship project in our teaching hospital in Nigeria.

My team is currently working on a project to develop and implement an effective Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi Nigeria. The main focus of this project is to improve the prescribing and use of antimicrobial medications among patients in our teaching hospital. As part of this project, we have completed a baseline survey of healthcare professionals to determine their awareness, perceptions and practices towards Antimicrobial Stewardship within the teaching hospital. The result of this survey was presented at the Evidence-Based Medicine Conference (EBMLive 2019) in July 2019 in Oxford, the UK.

We are also conducting a point prevalence survey to determine the quantity and quality of prescribing and use of antimicrobial medications within the teaching hospital. We are using the Global Point Prevalence Survey (GPPS) protocol for this survey among patients admitted in the hospital wards and we have completed this point prevalence survey for the two periods of January- April; and May-August cycles. The remaining cycle for September-December would be completed before the second week in December 2019. The next stage of this project would involve educational intervention/campaign among healthcare professionals within the teaching hospital to improve effective antimicrobial stewardship best practices. We anticipate that the Antimicrobial Stewardship Prescribing App would be a very useful tool at this stage of our project. Our team would like to collaborate with other teams across the region and the global antimicrobial stewardship community of experts/champions to achieve the objectives of this project.

Raymond Okechukwu

Centre for Community Medicine and Primary Healthcare

Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital

Neni Nigeria

HIFA profile: Raymond Okechukwu is Consultant Chief Pharmacist at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Professional interests: Patient Safety; Adherence to medications. raychuma AT