n South African Medical Journal - Key to antimicrobial stewardship success : surveillance by diagnostic microbiology laboratories : editorial
|Article Title||Key to antimicrobial stewardship success : surveillance by diagnostic microbiology laboratories : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||May 2015|
|Pages||359 - 360|
The important role of laboratories in enhancing antimicrobial stewardship activities through improved diagnostics and provision of surveillance data is globally recognised. Consider the aim of an antimicrobial stewardship programme: 'optimize clinical outcomes while minimizing the unintended consequences of antimicrobial use'. The clinical microbiology laboratory plays a critical role in achieving these aims through the provision of culture and susceptibility data that are both patient-specific (optimisation of clinical outcomes) and informative for surveillance activities that guide empirical antimicrobial selection (minimising unintended consequences of antimicrobial use).
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