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Antimicrobial stewardship aims to improve the appropriateness of antimicrobial use and reduce the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. In order to be successful, it requires a collective effort involving multiple disciplines. In this presentation we will discuss the results from our study where we implemented a collaborative selective susceptibility reporting initiative in a large community hospital microbiology laboratory in an effort reduce high-risk antibiotic use and prevent antimicrobial resistance. The implications of the results of the study and future directions will be discussed.
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Presenters: Bradley Langford, Dr. Jennie Johnstone and Dr. Larissa Matukas
Bradley Langford is a consultant antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at Public Health Ontario. He is also a clinical antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto and helped to build an antimicrobial stewardship program at that hospital. He has an interest in innovative ways to implement stewardship and spread the message about appropriate antimicrobial use on social media.
Dr. Jennie Johnstone is an infection prevention and control physician at PHO. She is also an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus, C. difficile infection and Ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Dr. Larissa Matukas is the Head, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Disease Consultant at St. Michael’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She has been involved in research projects and published and presented in her areas of interests which include HIV, SARS, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, laboratory quality improvement and utilization and medical education.
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