Infect Dis Health. 2021 Mar 17:S2468-0451(21)00006-7. doi: 10.1016/j.idh.2021.02.002. Online ahead of print.
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial stewardship programs are essential to reduce the risks of antimicrobial resistance.
METHODS: A cross sectional survey was used to evaluate nurses' knowledge and perceptions of antimicrobial stewardship.
RESULTS: Of 241 nurses recruited, 22.9% reported good knowledge of antimicrobial stewardship. Nurses agreed that ensuring appropriate antimicrobial use, hygiene for preparation, administration and disposal of antibiotics, as well as educating colleagues, patients and public were vital. Many felt that to reduce the impact of antimicrobial resistance, AMS should be included in the undergraduate nursing curriculum.
CONCLUSIONS: Improving the awareness of and education on AMS and AMR among nurses is an essential element in infection and prevention control.