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Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) is an important strategy employed to optimize the use of antibiotics and reduce the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant organisms in the hospital environment. Its application as a strategy in the community is in its infancy. The importance and the challenges to moving ASP to a broader, less regulated setting will be discussed in this session.
This presentation will focus on identifying challenges to ASP in the community setting, examining relevant drug policy strategies, and giving examples of interventions to influence antimicrobial use in the community.
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Presenter: Dr. Gerald Evans
Dr. Evans is the chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Queen's University and an infectious diseases specialist and the medical director of Infection Prevention & Control at Kingston General Hospital (KGH).
He is the former chair of the Ontario Committee to Evaluate Drugs and is the current ASP physician lead at KGH and also the medical lead for Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Public Health Ontario. Dr. Evans has co-authored six national clinical guidelines on the management of common infectious diseases in Canada.
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