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Preparing nurses for COVID-19 response efforts through involvement in antimicrobial stewardship programmes

Courtenay, M., Burnett, E., Castro-Sanchez, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-3351-9496 , Moralez de Figueiredo, R., Du Toit, B., Gallagher, R., Gotterson, F., Kennedy, H., Manias, E., McEwen, J., Ness, V., Olans, R. & Padoveze, M. C. (2020). Preparing nurses for COVID-19 response efforts through involvement in antimicrobial stewardship programmes. Journal of Hospital Infection, doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.06.011


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread internationally with 5 593 631 cases reported globally including 353 334 deaths [ 1 ] . Its rapid emergence and dissemination have highlighted multiple areas in which competencies in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) (the safe and effective use of antimicrobials), specifically by nurses, can support response efforts. There have been calls for nurses to be recognised as legitimate contributors to AMS team efforts [ 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 ].Unfortunately, nurse’s role in these efforts, have received minimal mention in international and national policy [ 4 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 ]. It is reported that nurses’ knowledge of antibiotics is poor [ 11 , 12 ], and that AMS taught in nurse undergraduate programmes is disparate or lacking [ 13 ]. To address this gap, AMS consensus based international competency statements have been developed, focussed on six domains (Infection prevention and control, antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance, the diagnosis of infection and use of antibiotics, antimicrobial prescribing practice, person centred care, interprofessional collaborative practice), which are (seen as) priorities/minimum requirements for nurses [ 14 , 15 ].

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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