Antimicrobial Stewardship Project Newsletter

June 21 Webinar: Antibiotic Stewardship in Colombia and México

On Jun 21, please join CIDRAP-ASP for a webinar discussing the importance of effective, data-driven infection prevention strategies and antibiotic stewardship initiatives.

We'll hear from Aura Lucía Leal Castro, MD, MSc, and Luis Alfredo Ponce de León, MD, PhD, about guidelines for applying diagnostics to antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention and control in Colombia and México.

This accredited program is jointly provided by CIDRAP and ProCE, LLC, and has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and pharmacists. The activity is supported by an educational grant from BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company).

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New at CIDRAP-ASP

AMR in the News

This past week, CIDRAP News journalist Chris Dall, MA, reported on gender bias in antibiotic stewardship, colistin-resistant bacteria in Brazilian rivers, and much more.

New AMR Reads of the Week

In our latest weekly analysis of the literature on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship, Jamie Umber, DVM, MPH, evaluates AMR transmission between humans and poultry in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, and Natalie Vestin, MPH, assesses a US-based outpatient COVID-19 therapeutics program led by an antimicrobial stewardship team.

New AMR Articles from SAS Africa

In new articles from Students Against Superbugs Africa's AMR Writers and Content Creators program, Jonathan Babuya explores national commitment to action against AMR in Uganda, while Wambui Ngugi delves into the prevention of drug-resistant sexually transmitted infections in womenCIDRAP-ASP's Francesca Chiara, PhD, MPH, MRes, Chris Dall, MA, and Natalie Vestin, MPH, are serving as mentors and editors for the program.

New TB Treatment Guidelines

Take our June quiz and test your knowledge on recent global updates to new treatment guidelines for drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Global Policy and Projects

Infection Prevention, AMR, and COVID-19

The World Health Organization published a policy brief on "Maintaining infection prevention and control measures for COVID-19 in health care facilities," highlighting the importance of infection prevention and control for preventing AMR, healthcare-associated infections, and emerging pathogens.

AMR Education for Young People in India

Superheroes against Superbugs, a community-based platform working with young minds to spread awareness regarding antibiotic abuse and resistant microbes in India, now has a YouTube channel to provide educational videos about AMR.

Antibiotic Stewardship and Sepsis in COVID-19 Patients

On Contagion, Maureen McElligott, MD, Alice Gallo De Moraes, MD, and Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS, discuss conflicting priorities in infection control, antibiotic stewardship, and critical care when addressing sepsis and hospital-aquired infections in COVID-19 patients.

Role of the Environment in AMR Transmission

In a blog post for the London International Development Centre, Lorna Benton, PhD, describes the crucial role of the environment in AMR transmission, along with behavior change strategies to minimize the burden of environmental AMR, particularly in waterways.

Government Investment in UTI Research in Tanzania

In The Citizen, Hellen Nachilongo describes the launch of a new National Institute for Medical Research council to conduct research on drug-resistant urinary tract infections in Tanzania.

US AMR Resource Library

The US National Association of County and City Health Officials released a new resource library for infection prevention and control professionals, which includes tools for preventing AMR.

One Health AMR Policy in Europe

The European Public Health Alliance published a One Health policy paper on "An Overview of AMR: The health burden, science, surveillance, policy developments and areas of future action."

New in the Literature: COVID-19 and Co-infections

The following articles represent a selection of literature added to the CIDRAP-ASP COVID-19 and Co-infections bibliography from Jun 2 to Jun 8, 2022.

Avdeev S, Rachina S, Belkova Y, et al. Antimicrobial prescribing patterns in patients with COVID-19 in Russian multi-field hospitals in 2021: results of the Global-PPS project. Trop Med Infect Dis 2022 (published online May 16)

Bao H, Guo Y, Chang MH, et al. Expanding the scope and visibility of ambulatory stewardship programs with novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) therapeutics. Antimicrob Steward Healthc Epidemiol 2022 (published online Apr 29)

Ceccarelli M, Marino A, Pulvirenti S, et al. Bacterial and fungal co-infections and superinfections in a cohort of COVID-19 patients: real-life data from an Italian third level hospital. Infect Dis Rep 2022 (published online May 12)

de Macedo V, Santos GS, Silva RN, et al. Healthcare-associated infections: a threat to the survival of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units. J Hosp Infect 2022 (published online May 24)

de Sá Del Fiol F, Pereira de Andrade-Jr I, Tolentino da Silva M, et al. Changes in the profile of antibiotic prescriptions by dentists in Brazil during the pandemic. Int J Dent 2022 (published online Jun 6)

Kobe H, Ito A, Nakanishi Y, et al. Addition of baricitinib to COVID-19 treatment does not increase bacterial infection compared to standard therapy: a single-center retrospective study. Intern Med 2022 (published online May 31)

Pandey M, May A, Tan L, et al. Comparative incidence of early and late bloodstream and respiratory tract co-infection in patients admitted to ICU with COVID-19 pneumonia versus influenza A or B pneumonia versus no viral pneumonia: Wales multicentre ICU cohort study. Crit Care 2022 (published online Jun 2)

Sathitakorn O, Chaononghin S, Katawethiwong P, et al. Strategies to limit invasive fungal infection in a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) intensive care unit: the role of infection prevention for renovation and construction in resource-limited settings. Antimicrob Steward Healthc Epidemiol 2022 (published online May 4)

Sathyakamala R, Peace AR, Shanmugam P. A comparative study on bacterial co-infections and prevalence of multidrug resistant organisms among patients in COVID and non-COVID intensive care units. J Prev Med Hyg 2022 (published online Apr 26)

Want More CIDRAP-ASP?

  • We launched an AMR communication toolkit designed specifically for primary care settings in low- and middle-income countries, but free and appropriate for anyone to use. The design of the AMR Communication Toolkit was led by the communication agency BB Partners and supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust. 

  • We recently published a report on efforts to address antimicrobial pollution in pharmaceutical manufacturing wastewater in India and a commentary on the 2-year anniversary of the CIDRAP-ASP COVID-19 and Co-infections Resource Hub.

  • Keep up with the latest by following @CIDRAP_ASP on Twitter.

  • We recently published a literature review on sustainability, access, and structural change in AMR work, which you can find on our ASP Research page.

  • We co-produce a podcast series—"Superbugs and You"—with the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition that features stories of resilience and innovation from patients, clinicians, and researchers experiencing and finding solutions to drug-resistant infections. You can listen to the series online or on your podcast app of choice.

  • We update our diagnostics and surveillance resource hubs regularly. Learn more about antibiograms, laboratory capacity in low- and middle-income countries, AMR surveillance across the One Health spectrum, and tools to implement AMR and antibiotic use data collection in diverse settings.

  • Are you looking for an online course, a video or infographic, a webinar recording, or another tool to educate yourself or others about AMR and antimicrobial stewardship? Check out our vast collection of educational multimedia, which is updated monthly with new resources.
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