E-learning on Antimicrobial Stewardship

E-learning course
ECDC Virtual Academy

This course focuses on antimicrobial stewardship as an approach to address healthcare-associated infections (HAI) resulting from multi-drug resistance organisms in acute care settings. After completing this course, the learners will be able to understand the challenges related to antimicrobial resistance and how antimicrobial stewardship can be used as an intervention to address this burden. The target audience for the course are health care professionals with responsibility for prevention and control of HAIs working at national or local level within the EU/EEA member states. The course is self-paced and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

The objectives of this course are:

  • understand the challenges related to antibiotic prescription, burden of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and the principles of antibiotic stewardship;
  • identify guidelines for treatment of specific conditions and formularies both at the national and local level;
  • understand the implementation of antibiotic policies;
  • understand measurement of drug usage and the prescribing indicators in relation to structure, process and outcomes;
  • identify drug usage over time and interpret prescribing surveillance data;
  • understand the elements and performance measurement for an antimicrobial stewardship program (AMS);
  • identify interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospitalised patients and measure intervention effect, barriers, and possible solutions.

Aside from the great content covered, this new e-learning includes a whiteboard animation, which aims to improve your learning experience.