The British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS) has launched a new Antimicrobial Stewardship e-Learning resource for oral health professionals to test their knowledge of antibiotic prescribing.
Free to take, it consists of three modules of clinical scenario-based quizzes, each of which provides a printable e-certificate of one hour’s verified CPD upon successful completion. Feedback is provided along the way, with the aim that by the end of the modules, participants will be able to demonstrate application of the principles of sound antimicrobial stewardship to the clinical scenarios.
The modules were developed by Tara Renton, Professor in Oral Surgery at King’s College London, Greg Gerrard, Council Member of the BAOS, Dr Noha Seoudi, a Specialist in Clinical Oral Microbiology representing the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists (ACOM), and Dr Nick Palmer, Editor and co-author of Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners.
Since 2015, healthcare providers in the UK have had a statutory duty to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance by ensuring appropriate use of antibiotics. Whilst the aim of the modules is to promote responsible use of antibiotics in oral surgery, the educational content is of relevance to all dental prescribers, including those who place dental implants, undertake minor oral surgery or practise in special interest areas, and has been endorsed by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and ACOM.
Speaking on behalf of the development team, Professor Renton said:
“Every year, 25,000 people across Europe, and 700,000 worldwide, die from antibiotic-resistant infections. Dentists issue 7% of all antibiotic prescriptions in the NHS, and the new modules can help both primary and secondary care dentists play a vital role in keeping antibiotics working.”
The modules are available at www.baos.org.uk/elearning.