Antimicrobial course honoured at Antibiotic Guardian Awards

Entitled ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Management’, the course is led by the University’s Professor of Skin Integrity Karen Ousey and was highly commended at the 2020 Antibiotic Guardian Awards

A COURSE delivered by the University of Huddersfield that teaches healthcare professionals involved in wound management and infection prevention about antimicrobial resistance has been honoured for its achievements in helping to tackle one of the biggest threats facing modern day medicine.

Entitled ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Management’, the course was highly commended at this year’s Antibiotic Guardian Awards under the category of ‘Multi-Country Collaboration’. The awards champion organisations who have demonstrated achievement in tackling antimicrobial resistance at a regional, national or global level.

“Understanding antimicrobial stewardship in wound care is key if we are to continue being able to treat a range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. It is essential that we recognise, understand and implement antimicrobial stewardship into daily clinical practice if we are to avoid the crisis of antimicrobial resistance.”

Professor Karen Ousey, Director of the ISIaIP

The e-learning course is delivered in collaboration with the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and is led by the University’s Professor Karen Ousey, Director of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention (ISIaIP).

The ISIaIP is an award-winning skin research institute that consists of a multidisciplinary research team and places the University at the forefront of research and teaching in the management of acute and chronic non-healing wounds.

To date over 8000 healthcare professionals have completed the antimicrobial stewardship course with 99% saying the course met or exceeded their expectations and 98% have said they gained new knowledge or skills from the programme.

An Introduction to ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Management’ by Professor Karen Ousey

During the course learners explore antimicrobial resistance, how to treat it and gain an understanding of how this can affect the safe management of patients with wounds. They are also taught how to recognise and diagnose wound infections and how to implement infection control measures within their own practice.

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