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 and projects on ASP.
The paper entitled “Ten key points for the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitalised patients: a consensus from the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance Working Groups of the International Society of Chemotherapy”, published ahead-of-print in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents signs the first step of such collaborations. One member of the ESGAP EC was indeed invited by the ISC working group led by Gabriel Levy-Hara to draft this consensus paper. This paper is not intended to be a guideline nor a bundle, but rather a summary of the most important points (the key points) every antibiotic prescriber should take into account once the indication of delivering antimicrobials has been considered.
Each of these points has been analyzed to drive the best treatment option for the patient with the least impact on bacterial resistance. Coupled with a relentless improvement in infection control and prevention procedures, these targets are certainly the cornerstone of any effective ASP.
Such kinds of collaboration and consensus paper can only help everyone do better when facing the ever more difficult activity of antimicrobial prescribing.