Galway University Hospitals has launched a new mobile app for its staff, which will help improve antibiotic use. The launch is set to coincide with the intake of 197 non-consultant doctors at the hospital this month.
The app will be used by the antimicrobial stewardship team at the hospital, which includes microbiologists, infectious diseases physicians and pharmacists, to update antimicrobial prescribing guidelines as they monitor antibiotic use and resistance. Through the app, they can support medical, surgical, nursing and pharmacy colleagues in antimicrobial use.
“The development of the mobile app is the latest innovation to further improve appropriate antibiotic use and I am delighted that we are able to use mobile technology to give our doctors and nurse prescribers easy access to the guidelines at the point of prescribing,” commented Dr Pat Nash, Clinical Director for the Hospital Group, who launched the mobile app.
Prof. Martin Cormican, Consultant Microbiologist and member of the antimicrobial stewardship team, said that while antibiotics have helped to treat millions of patients with bacterial infections and many of the advances in modern medicine would not be possible without them, they have often been misused.
“Antibiotics are often used when they are not needed and sometimes when antibiotics are needed the antibiotic used may not be best antibiotic for that situation. We have to take steps to improve the use of antibiotics otherwise we risk squandering one of the most important medical advances of the past 100 years,” said Prof. Cormican.
“The app means that staff have information on the best antibiotic to use for each infection at their fingertips, it is extremely easy to use and it also means that we can update the information very quickly,” he added.
The development of the app was supported by an educational grant from healthcare company MSD. Mr Mick Phelan, Business Unit Director, said that the app would support delivery of safe and efficient patient care in line with MSD’s own health care priorities.