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South African Medical Journal

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Antimicrobial stewardship in a rural regional hospital – growing a positive culture

E Junaid, L Jenkins, H Swanepoel, Z North, T Gould

Abstract


Antimicrobial stewardship programmes have been introduced worldwide in response to the rise in antimicrobial resistance. The World Health Organization has mandated each Member State to produce a plan to address this problem. We report on the organic development of an antibiotic stewardship programme in a rural regional hospital in a resource-limited setting in South Africa. This has resulted in organisational change with increased awareness, participation, monitoring and education in antibiotic stewardship throughout the hospital.

S Afr Med J 2018



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