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AMR threat: infection prevention vital

At Infection Prevention & Control 2020, NHS leaders warned that increased efforts are required to reduce healthcare-associated infections, if we are to win the fight against antimicrobial resistance. With ambitious targets now set to cut Gram-negative bloodstream infections, what role can clinicians have in delivering improvement? Louise Frampton reports

NHS England’s Infection Prevention & Control 2020 conference focussed on the threat posed to public health by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), urging delegates to consider the impact they could have with the slogan: “Antimicrobial resistance and my role is?” Unsurprisingly, the conference also included topical discussion around the new coronavirus (COVID-19) – a late addition to the programme was the inclusion of a session on ‘the challenges of dealing with a coronavirus outbreak’.

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director, NHS England, assured delegates that the NHS was “well prepared” for the latter. Although the coronavirus will undoubtedly pose challenges for the health service over the coming months, healthcare leaders have described AMR as a “catastrophic threat”, in the long term. Prof. Powis highlighted the need for stakeholders from all areas of the ‘whole patient pathway’ (hospit

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Dubai World Trade Centre
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National Conference Centre, Birmingham
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