Antimicrobial Stewardship Project Newsletter

New AMR Reads of the Week

In our latest weekly analysis of the literature on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship, Francesca Chiara, PhD, MSc, MRes, Jamie Umber, DVM, MPH, and Natalie Vestin, MPH, assess shortened antibiotic therapy for six common infections, evaluate the effect of antimicrobial use on the development of drug-resistant bacteria in critically ill dogs, and outline research needs for understanding how environmental AMR plays a role in human health.

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AMR in the News

This past week, CIDRAP News journalist Chris Dall, MA, reported on a project to explore the intersection of gender and AMR, extensively drug-resistant gonorrhea in Austria, an app to measure AMR in resource-limited or isolated settings, and much more.

New TB Treatment Guidelines

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

New Articles from SAS Africa

In a new article from Students Against Superbugs Africa's AMR Writers and Content Creators program, Ngoni Veddie Muzondo describes the power of education and the inclusion of young people in all plans to manage AMR. CIDRAP-ASP's Francesca Chiara, PhD, MPH, MRes, Chris Dall, MA, and Natalie Vestin, MPH, are serving as mentors and editors for the program.

Global Policy and Projects

Webinar: Human Rights and AMR

On Jun 29, Global Strategy Lab, Ulster University, and the University of Southampton will host a virtual dialogue on a human rights-based approach to AMR governance.

Possible Overestimations of AMR Increases during the Pandemic

In Infectious Disease Special Edition, Ethan Covey describes a European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases meeting presentation from Aki Hirabayashi, MD, PhD, on potential overestimations of rises in AMR during COVID-19 and the need to more carefully interpret susceptibility data during the pandemic.

AMR Surveillance Capacity in Timor-Leste

In a case study for the Fleming Fund, Josh Francis, MBBS, describes recent improvements in AMR healthcare capacity in Timor-Leste, including a consistant blood culture service and antibiogram at the national hospital, the development of national antibiotic guidelines based on regional suscepibility data, and greater attention to surveillance of AMR and antimicrobial use in the animal sector.

Italian Position Paper on MDR Infections

In the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, the Italian Association of Clinical Microbiologists, the Italian Group for Antimicrobial Stewardship, the Italian Society of Microbiology, the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, and the Italian Society of Anti-Infective Therapy published a position paper for the diagnosis and management of infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria.

Food and Agriculture AMR Surveillance in Mongolia

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reports on a mission to Mongolia to assess the national AMR surveillance system in the food and agriculture sectors and introduce the FAO Assessment Tool for Laboratories and Antimicrobial resistance Surveillance Systems (FAO-ATLASS).

AMR Alliance Japan Report on Global AMR Efforts

AMR Alliance Japan and the Health and Global Policy Institute published a report on a January 2022 event to discuss global cooperative efforts to address AMR.

AMR Activities across EU Health Systems

The European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety published a draft opinion on managing AMR across the health system in EU Member States.

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 16 to Jun 22, 2022.

AlBahrani S, Almogbel F, Alanazi W, et al. Carbapenem use correlates with percentage of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units. Infection 2022 (published online Jun 18)

Ayosanmi OS, Alli BY, Akingbule OA, et al. Prevalence and correlates of self-medication practices for prevention and treatment of COVID-19: a systematic review. Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online Jun 16)

Borde K, Medisetty MK, Muppala BS, et al. Impact of an antimicrobial stewardship intervention on usage of antibiotics in coronavirus disease-2019 at a tertiary care teaching hospital in India. IJID Reg 2022 Jun;3:15-20

Doubravská L, Sedláková MH, Fišerová K, et al. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics and clonal spread in COVID-19-positive patients on a tertiary hospital intensive care unit, Czech Republic. Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online Jun 8)

El Rhanbaz S, El Kettani A, Zerouali K, et al. Nosocomial bacterial infections in Covid-19 ICU at Ibn Rochd University Hospital Casablanca Morocco. Clin Lab 2022 Jun 1;68(6)

Falcone M, Suardi LR, Tiseo G, et al. Superinfections caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales in hospitalized patients with COVID-19: a multicentre observational study from Italy (CREVID Study). JAC Antimicrob Resist 2022 (published online Jun 16)

Friedli O, Gasser M, Cusini A, et al. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inpatient antibiotic consumption in Switzerland. Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online Jun 11)

Galang-De Leon WA, Buensalido JAL. Prevalence of empiric antibacterial therapy, community-acquired bacterial superinfection, and antibiotic-associated adverse reactions among patients with COVID-19 pneumonia admitted in Makati Medical Center from March 2020 to March 2021. Infect Chemother 2022 (published online Jun 10)

Gaspar GG, Tamasco G, Abichabki N, et al. Nosocomial outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (polymyxin B and carbapenem) Klebsiella pneumoniae in a collapsed university hospital due to COVID-19 pandemic. Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online Jun 17)

Gold JAW, Ahmad FB, Cisewski JA, et al. Increased deaths from fungal infections during the COVID-19 pandemic—National Vital Statistics System, United States, January 2020–December 2021. Clin Infect Dis 2022 (published online Jun 19)

Khami MR, Zadeh AG, Rahi D. A cross-sectional study on COVID-19-related changes in self-medication with antibiotics. PLoS One 2022 (published online Jun 14)

Knight GM, Pham TM, Stimson J, et al. The contribution of hospital-acquired infections to the COVID-19 epidemic in England in the first half of 2020. BMC Infect Dis 2022 (published online Jun 18)

Meschiari M, Onorato L, Bacca E, et al. Long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on in-hospital antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance: a time series analysis (2015–2021). Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online Jun 20)

Oh KH, Lee SH. COVID-19 and fungal diseases. Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online Jun 15)

Patel N, Adams C, Brunetti L, et al. Evaluation of procalcitonin's utility to predict concomitant bacterial pneumonia in critically ill COVID-19 patients. J Intensive Care Med 2022 (published online Jun 16)

Rybak A, Aupiais C, Cotillon M, et al. Reassessing the performance of the "step-by-step" approach to febrile infants 90 days of age and younger in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: a multicentric retrospective study. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2022 (published online Jun 15)

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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