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Trust wins international award for flu testing initiative

A team of experts at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has won the Diagnostic Stewardship award at the fourth international Antibiotic Guardian awards.

The awards celebrate the work of healthcare professionals in tackling antimicrobial resistance and form part of the ongoing Antibiotic Guardian campaign led by Public Health England, in collaboration with UK devolved administrations and professional bodies.

Departments from across the Trust (Pharmacy, Infection Prevention and Control, A & E and the Pathology Department), worked together to evaluate three flu testing models to see if accurate point-of-care testing (POCT) would lead to improved patient outcomes, reduced antibacterial use and hospital costs.

Stuart Bond, Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Between December 2016 and February 2019, we used two different POCT methods and compared these to the traditional off-site laboratory methods – which have historically led to 48 hours’ delay in results.

“The results showed that the introduction of a POCT model was associated with a reduction in: length of stay, hospital costs, antibacterial use and inpatient mortality. Needless to say we were delighted with the outcome, which is a huge benefit to our patients, and it was the icing on the cake to win this international award.”

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to increase commitment and raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals about how we can slow the development of resistant bacteria and cut overuse and unnecessary use of antibiotics. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous.

As part of the campaign, groups including students and educators, farmers, veterinary and medical, nursing and pharmacy communities and professional organisations can all sign up to become Antibiotic Guardians.

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead for the Antibiotic Guardian campaign, said: “The Antibiotic Guardian awards are an excellent opportunity for us to champion organisations and individuals who have demonstrated achievement in their work to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest global public health threats we face. These awards have highlighted the wealth of fantastic work taking place across the country. I’d like to personally congratulate all the nominees and winners for their contributions. At Public Health England we will continue to support and work with partners across the health system to tackle antimicrobial resistance.”