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BSH launches the Antibiotic Stewardship programme to enhance patient health

November 24, 2021

This World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) November 18th – 24th, 2021, Bahrain Specialist Hospital takes a step forward to raise public awareness about global antimicrobial resistance and encourage best practices among the general public, and health professionals by launching the “Antibiotic Stewardship Programme” to enhance patient health and reduce resistance to antibiotics.

Dr. Kasim O. Ardati, Bahrain Specialist Hospital’s Managing Director shares, “Indiscriminate use of antibiotics has begun to have adverse effects on human health with bacteria showing resistance to medication, and experts are advising both doctors and patients to use antibiotics with caution. In order to curtail the overuse of antibiotics, Bahrain Specialist Hospital has implemented an Antibiotic Stewardship Programme that helps minimise the prescription of antibiotics to bare necessity.”

The hospital has dedicated necessary human, financial and information technology resources for the effective execution of the programme. Moreover, it is regularly monitoring antibiotic prescribing and resistance patterns, alongside regularly reporting information on antibiotic use and resistance to doctors, nurses and relevant staff while educating clinicians about resistance and optimal prescribing.

The Antibiotic Stewardship Programme ensures that the patient is treated with the right medication at the right time and for appropriate duration, reducing the adverse reactions to the excessive use of antibiotics. It focuses on quality patient care and safety, slows down the emergence of resistance while optimising the treatment results; it also highlights the negative impact of antibiotics if not consumed cautiously. Moreover, the programme helps to cut down the cost of healthcare burdened with unnecessary expenditure of over prescribed medication.

“From the very inception of BSH we have been collecting information in our laboratory on bacteria that are found in our patients’ test results and studying their antibiotic resistance. Using this information, every year we publish research papers, conduct webinars and present the data to our doctors and nurses, training them to control and restrict the use of antibiotics. Over the years, we’ve noticed a decrease in Multidrug resistant organisms in our hospital. We have decreased resistance to key antibiotics like Gentamicin, Piperacillin tazobactam, Amikacin and Imipenem”, further added by Dr. Kasim O. Ardati.

Bahrain Specialist Hospital, a firm believer in patient care and safety above all else, is dedicated to offering the highest standards of quality healthcare while protecting and respecting the rights, beliefs, and need for confidentiality of patients, staff, and visitors.