Antimicrobial Stewardship Staffing: Let’s Have the Tiger by the Tail

It is time we got serious about tackling bacterial resistance. Funding priority is given to innovation (new diagnostics and new antibiotics), while ensuring sustainable and sufficient funding of antibiotic stewardship … Continue Reading →

More on Antibiotic Antibiotic Thresholds and Quotas

Some weeks ago we published a post written by José María López-Lozano (see here). The post addressed one of the hottest topics in antimicrobial stewardship, which is the relationship between … Continue Reading →

Cochrane systematic review on antimicrobial stewardship interventions. How do you see the glass?

By Bojana Beovic (ESGAP president) The new Cochrane systematic review of interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients (see here) was published some weeks ago by Peter Davey and his … Continue Reading →

How can you help clinicians prescribe antibiotics more appropriately ? Change the system and simplify their choice!

Selective reporting of antibiotic susceptibility test results is one possible laboratory-based antibiotic stewardship intervention, illustrating the ‘less is more‘ concept. A recently published ESGAP-EUCIC-EUCAST survey showed that selective reporting was implemented in … Continue Reading →

Wide Variability in Amoxicillin Dosing among European Countries: Causes and Consequences

  A recent ESGAP survey shows that wide variations (2 to 4-fold differences) exist between European countries in dosing recommendations for amoxicillin. These variations may partly explain the differences in … Continue Reading →

In the race against antimicrobial resistance, we can not afford forgetting any antibiotic

By Celine Pulcini (ESGAP EC member) In 2011, the ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) performed a study which showed that 22 out of 33 old but potentially useful … Continue Reading →

Is your Infectious Disease or Clinical Micro Service Understaffed? Have a look

By Bojana Beovic Infectious diseases and clinical microbiology specialties have undergone extreme changes in its scope in the last decades. Starting with HIV epidemics, these changes are far from and … Continue Reading →

Ten key points for the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitalized patients

While celebrating the top-performing year among the different study groups of the ESCMID at the last ECCMID, the ESGAP executive committee was also receiving and discussing proposals for international collaborations … Continue Reading →

Using antibiotics responsibly: are we there yet?

By Oliver Dyar A perspective piece on responsible antibiotic use has just been published in Future Microbiology, and the authors include several ESGAP members.   In the article we present … Continue Reading →

One great example of “When less is more…”

By Leonardo Pagani (ESGAP EC member) About 60% of antibiotics prescribed in primary care are for RTIs, such as common colds, sore throat, cough, acute bronchitis, otitis media and sinusitis. … Continue Reading →