Antimicrobial use surveillance module for rural hospitals (AUTasRH)

Antimicrobial use surveillance module for rural hospitals (AUTasRH)

Antimicrobial use data can provide usage patterns and can be important for supporting antimicrobial containment and education strategies.

The aims of the TIPCU antimicrobial use surveillance are to:

  • Quantify antimicrobial use within Tasmanian rural hospitals over a defined audit period.
  • Assess the appropriateness of antimicrobial usage within Tasmanian rural hospitals in accordance with Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic Guidelines.

This surveillance module uses a patient level antimicrobial data collection method, which gives accurate information about antimicrobial use within a facility. Data collected includes patient demographics, rationale for treatment, drug name, dosage, duration of therapy, microbiological testing and documentation.

This surveillance is done in Tasmanian rural hospitals for one calendar month per annum.

TIPCU antimicrobial use surveillance protocol

TIPCU antimicrobial event sheet