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Judicious antimicrobial use is an important consideration in public health to reduce the risks of resistance and C. difficile infection. Challenges to ‘making good antibiotic choices’ include uncertainties in diagnosis, lack of evidence, and where evidence exists, integrating evidence into practice. Using common scenarios, this presentation will discuss approaches to limit unnecessary antimicrobial use and factors influencing physician prescribing. After this session, participants should be able to identify common conditions that are unnecessarily treated with antimicrobials, list examples of common infections that have evidence for shorter treatment durations and understand approaches to influence antimicrobial prescribing.
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Presenter: Dr. Giulio DiDiodato
Dr. Giulio DiDiodato completed his MD in 1997 and fellowships in both infectious diseases and critical care medicine in 2003. He is an intensivist at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ont and is the Medical Lead for the institution’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. He also acts as a Medical Consultant for Public Health Ontario’s Infection Prevention and Control program.
Dr. DiDiodato has a Master in Public Health, and is currently enrolled in the Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University as a PhD candidate.
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