German e-learning educational program on appropriate antibiotic use: Let´s go 2.0

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By Barbara Hampel

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The German National Reference Centers (NRZ) for monitoring important disease pathogens were called into being by the German Federal Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Commisssion for Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the Robert Koch Institute in 1995.

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The tasks of the National Reference Centers were adapted to current epidemiology needs. These infectious disease epidemiology networks should establish structures that make it possible to gather relevant data from all areas to fight infectious disease, to describe deficient areas and to gather missing information as needed.

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The National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections was newly established and its purposes redefined. Its aim is to provide its partners (physicians, healthcare indtitutions, laboratories and public health instututions) with services such as: Creation, Optimization and Maintenance of a reference databank for healthcare-associated infection (HAI) which is called KISS. KISS stands for Krankenhaus-Infektions-Surveillance-System, which meansHospital Infection Surveillance System The KISS Initiative provides data from different hospitals and hospital sites (e.g. ICU, surgical sites, onkology etc.). The definitions for HAI are the same as the CDC definitions.

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Based on recommendations of the German Ministry of Health,  the NRZ for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections has coordinated an initiative consisting of an e-learning educational program. The e-learning lesson about antibiotics and the appropriate use of antibiotics was created by a ‘society for research and project development’ in Germany in cooperation with NRZ and the Charite´ Universital Hospital in Berlin. There are two videoclips by Prof. Petra Gastmeyer, MD (Charite´, Berlin). It is devided into two parts.

  • In the first part there are 16 multiple choice questions about antibiotics and their appropriate use in specific indications in accordance with current scientific guidelines.
  • The second part is based on case reports, the user’s opinion and thoughts and their discussion. The audience are physicians (hospital, GPs and Private Practitioners) interested in antibiotics and it’s appropriate use.

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*The e-learning lesson is currently only available in German.

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