New study identifies essential elements of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) that could be applicable to hospitals in both high-income and low-income countries. ASPs in hospitals play a vital role in managing the threat of antibiotic resistance. To be of maximum effectiveness, essential elements of ASP programs need to be identified and standardized. While previous efforts in identifying the key components of ASPs have been confined to high-income countries, this study also targets low-income countries. The study is published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection. Researchers from Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) and the Université de Lorraine in France conducted the study with the help of 15 experts from 13 countries in six continents. Through a consensus process, seven core elements that included 29 checklist items were identified. The seven core elements--leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action, tracking, reporting, and education--are relevant across resource-rich and resource-limited settings. The researchers concluded that the next step should be to evaluate these core elements in a range of geographic and resource settings with broader stakeholder groups. "An agreement of this nature will make a major contribution to slowing the spread of antibiotic resistance," said CDDEP fellow and study co-author Sumanth Gandra. "It will also facilitate the development of each nation's antimicrobial stewardship guidelines, especially in low income countries." ‘With standardized ASP guidelines, analysis and evaluation of the programs will be possible, which is an essential part of fine-tuning the practices.’ "With standardized ASP guidelines, analysis and evaluation of the programs will also be possible, which is an essential part of fine-tuning the practices and learning from one another," according to Celine Pulcini of the Université de Lorraine. Source: Eurekalert << New Approach for Developing Vaccines to Prevent Flu Standardized Protocols to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance >> Recommended Reading Antibiotics Antibiotics are among the most used and abused medications. This article explains some general features about antibiotics. READ MORE Interaction of Antibiotics with Dairy Products Antibiotics like tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones used in the treatment of bacterial infections interact mainly with dairy products and lead to adverse side effects. READ MORE Natural Antibiotics to Fight Bacterial Infections Fighting infections the natural way and preventing them is always more effective than consuming medicines and antibiotics to treat them. READ MORE Antibiotics, Antacids Use During Infancy Linked to Childhood Allergies Infants exposed to acid suppressing medications (antacids), antibiotics are at increased risk for childhood allergies, revealed study. READ MORE Food Preservatives - How Safe Are They? Food preservatives are basically antimicrobials or anti-oxidants that help preserve food by destroying the microbes and stopping decomposition of food products. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Noscaphene (Noscapine) Color Blindness Calculator Accident and Trauma Care More News on: Food Preservatives - How Safe Are They?