Consortium launches national antimicrobial stewardship project

Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) are important for optimizing the use of antibiotics in the inpatient sector. A consortium of seven organizations has therefore started a project to support Swiss hospitals in starting and improving such programs.

Swissnoso and the six partner organizations – SSI, SSHH, GSASA, SSM, ANRESIS and FMH*  – have the pleasure of announcing the start of the project StAR-3 – Implementing Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Swiss Hospitals. Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) can make an important contribution to optimize the use of antibiotics in the inpatient sector. This increases the effectiveness of the treatment of infections and contributes to the reduction of adverse effects. In addition, it reduces the emergence of resistant microorganisms. More information on priority measures and advantages of ASP can be found in this video. The three-year project is supported by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) within the Swiss Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance StAR. H + Die Spitäler der Schweiz and GDK-CDS are involved as observers.

Participants of the StAR-3 project kick-off event on September 01, 2023

The previous projects, StAR-1 and StAR-2, have paved the way for StAR-3 – Implementing ASP in Swiss Hospitals. StAR-3, in turn, will publish a handbook with practical and proven tools. The handbook will address clinicians, pharmacists and other health care staff involved in prescribing and administering antibiotics. Thus, it will support acute care hospitals in the introduction and operation of ASP – whether large or small, in French-, German- or Italian-speaking Switzerland. Furthermore, StAR-3 – Implementing ASP in Swiss Hospitals will recommend health policy strategies to strengthen the nationwide adoption of antimicrobial stewardship programs. In the long run, it is envisaged by the FOPH that all Swiss hospitals implement antimicrobial stewardship activities.

In the next three years, the content of the handbook will be elaborated. Thus, in Winter 2023 / 2024, StAR-3 – Implementing ASP in Swiss Hospitals will submit tenders and look for physicians, pharmacists, microbiologists and social scientists motivated to contribute to the handbook and to fight antimicrobial resistance in the Swiss hospitals. To stay up to date, consider registering for the Swissnoso Newsletter (Newsletter Anmeldung - Swissnoso).

Last modification 06.11.2023

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