Antimicrobial resistance in hospitals: Is antimicrobial stewardship part of the solution?

Effective antimicrobial therapy underpins many – if not most – of the major medical advances of the last 50 years. It would be impossible to do effective intensive care, neonatal care, complex surgery, transplantation, or leukaemia therapy without effective antimicrobials to prevent or treat infections. However antibiotic resistant bacteria are becoming increasingly frequent. Other collateral effects of unrestrained antibiotic use such as Clostridium difficile and more subtle effects mediated by microbiome alteration are increasingly being recognised. Antimicrobial resistance is more than just an "R" on a laboratory report read more

St Vincent’s Clinic publishes an annual research publication, “Proceedings”. Dr David Andresen, Senior Staff Specialist, Infection and Diseases, contributed this article to the latest edition of Proceedings. View the full collection of Proceedings here.