Antimicrobial Stewardship: Measuring, Auditing and Improving, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

8 - 10 April 2010, Vienna, Austria



ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP)

Course Materials


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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Session 1

ECDC's successful actions to combat antimicrobial resistance. Dominique Monnet

Influence of sociocultural components on outpatient antibiotic use. Stephan Harbarth

Session 2 (parallel sessions)

How to measure antimicrobial consumption. Dominique Monnet

How to audit antimicrobial prescriptions in a hospital, including quality indicators. Inge Gyssens

Interhospital comparison of antimicrobial use. Ronald Polk

Linking antimicrobial resistance to antimicrobial exposure with patient or aggregate data. Stephan Harbarth

Session 3

Improving antibiotic prescribing through educational interventions. Dilip Nathwani

ESAC's surveillance by point prevalence measurements. Herman Goossens

Friday, 9 April 2010

Session 4

Improving dosing regimens to minimize resistance. Johan Mouton

Case studies (parallel sessions)

Case studies corresponded to exercises where participants were presented with a series of sequential questions that had to be answered using real data provided with the exercises. Answers and additional data were provided at each step.

Audit of antibiotic surgical prophylaxis. Inge Gyssens

Interpersonal aspects of implementing change. Maurice Sleypen

Everything you wanted to know about time-series analysis. Nathalie Vernaz

Multi-site interventions, including car bundle strategies in surgical prophylaxis. Inge Gyssens

Antibiotic management of hospitalized infected patients. Dilip Nathwani

Surveillance by point prevalence measurements in a hospital. Jan Kluytmans

How to organize a public campaign to improve antimicrobial use. Vera Vlahovic-Palcevski

Barriers for implementing a local antibiotic policy and how to remove them. Jos van der Meer/Inge Gyssens


Saturday, 10 April 2010

Session 5

The effect of antibiotic use on antimicrobial resistance in the community. Matthew Samore

The gap between antimicrobial resistance and novel drug development. From STRAMA to REACT and beyond. Otto Cars

Session 6

Antimicrobial stewardship programmes at Paris hospitals. Jean Carlet

General practice guideline programmes and interventions in primary care. Theo Verheij

Interventions to improve prescribing: experience in Central and Eastern Europe. Bojana Beovic

The EU Project ABS International. Agnes Wechsler-Fördös

Course Faculty
  • Bojana Beovic , Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Otto Cars, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Herman Goossens, ESAC, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Inge Gyssens, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Stephan Harbarth, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jan Kluytmans, Amsterdam/Breda, The Netherlands
  • Jean Carlet, Paris, France
  • Jos van der Meer, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Dominique Monnet, ECDC, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Johan Mouton, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Dilip Nathwani, Dundee, UK
  • Ronald Polk, Richmond, VA, US
  • Matthew Samore, Salt Lake City, UT, US
  • Maurice Sleypen and Christine Vandenbranden, Valletta, Malta
  • Theo Verheij, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Nathalie Vernaz, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Vera Vlahovic-Palcevski, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Agnes Wechsler-Fördös, Vienna, Austria
Administrative Secretariat

OA Dr Agnes Wechsler-Fördös
Silbergasse 30/3
1190 Vienna, Austria
Phone +43 (0)1 997 12 560

Course Objectives
  • To identify sources of data and understand how to measure antimicrobial use
  • To select a proper measurement unit for antimicrobial consumption
  • To make sense of antimicrobial use and resistance data, both locally and within a multicentre setting
  • To choose and apply a method to study the relationship between antimicrobial prescribing and resistance
  • To choose and apply an audit methodology for monitoring antimicrobial prescriptions
  • To identify the steps and sources for evidence based guideline development
  • To identify barriers encountered in Antimicrobial Stewardship programs and how to overcome them
  • To make sense of interpersonal aspects of implementing change
  • To identify and implement possible interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing
  • To build national and international support for Antimicrobial Stewardship programs
  • To select a proper method to study the effect of interventions in hospitals


Course Venue

Hotel Wende
Seestrasse 40
7100 Neusiedl am See, Austria
Phone +43 (0)2167 8111
Fax +43 (0)2167 8111 649
Hotel Website

How to get to the Course Venue


Target Audience

70 - 100 medical doctors, scientists and clinical pharmacists, involved in antimicrobial stewardship activities with the need to measure, audit and improve antimicrobial prescribing in their institution. The course will have sessions at an advanced level in parallel with sessions at a basic level.


Course Levels

Basic module (group 1): Junior staff members are strongly encouraged to apply for an ESCMID attendance grant. Advanced module (group 2): Former participants who are still active in the field are invited.

Registration Fee

EUR 400for ESCMID members

EUR 450 for all others

The fee includes the scientific sessions, printed course material, all meals, transfer to the course hotel and single room accommodation at the course hotel for two nights (8 and 9 April 2010). It does not include travel from home to Vienna and return.


CME Accreditation

The organizer of the course will apply for European CME accreditation through EACCME.