NOTE: By submitting this form and registering with us, you are providing us with permission to store your personal data and the record of your registration. In addition, registration with the Medical Independent includes granting consent for the delivery of that additional professional content and targeted ads, and the cookies required to deliver same. View our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice for further details.

You can opt out at anytime by visiting our cookie policy page. In line with the provisions of the GDPR, the provision of your personal data is a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. We must advise you at the point of collecting your personal data that it is a required field, and the consequences of not providing the personal data is that we cannot provide this service to you.

[profilepress-login id="1"]

Don't have an account? Subscribe

OOH pilot seeks to reduce antibiotic prescribing

By Dermot - 21st Feb 2017

The six-month pilot runs until April and an application has been submitted to the HSE seeking funding for nationwide roll-out.

Cork GP Dr Nuala O’Connor is heading up the pilot as ICGP Lead for the HSE Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Clinical Programme.

Dr O’Connor told the <strong><em>Medical Independent</em></strong> (<strong><em>MI</em></strong>) the project is a collaboration between the HSE, ICGP, Southdoc and D-Doc. It involves using antibiotics wisely and includes a patient and prescriber education programme, Dr O’Connor stated. 

“We are not targeting individual GPs. It’s a group audit. We hope to show we’re prescribing less antibiotics per consultation compared to the same time last year,” Dr O’Connor explained.

Medical Director at D-Doc, GP Dr Mel Bates, said the rate of antibiotic prescribing per 1,000 population in Ireland is twice that of Scotland.

“Instead of wagging a finger at a GP under pressure and worn out and being made to feel guilty, this is there to support GPs to prescribe in a way they would like to prescribe,” said Dr Bates.

Southdoc Medical Director GP Dr Gary Stack has also welcomed the initiative.

The education programme for patients includes a 30-minute audiovisual recording played at treatment centre waiting areas; information on antibiotic prescribing played while patients are on hold during calls to treatment centres; and colourful stickers for children.

“We are specifically trying to target young adults and the parents of young children,” Dr O’Connor noted.

GPs have been given a booklet with “fast facts” on antibiotics and a mousepad detailing a green list of preferred and a red list of non-preferred antibiotics to prescribe.

A rapid cycle analysis audit tool has been installed on software to allow GPs to input information on whether or not an antibiotic was prescribed and the type of antibiotic supplied.

The project is not without its challenges, as a number of technical issues have been experienced during the pilot, according to Dr O’Connor.

“We’re learning a lot about what’s needed to improve systems to do effective antimicrobial stewardship in the community,” she added.

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent – 24 June 2021

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read