Antibiotics Matter: Ethical Questions about Antibiotic Stewardship
February 25, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
Offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID)
This webinar was available in English only.
This webinar will explore ethical considerations of appropriate antibiotic prescribing of public health, primary care and specialist physicians, where there may be perceived tension between duty to individual patients and duty to avoid overuse of antimicrobials.
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing threat to population health and can be devastating for patients. There is evolution of a coordinated approach to AMR: there is more information available for patients and prescribers (www.antiobioticawareness.ca) to educate and guide, and health authorities and governments are starting to invest more in their antimicrobial stewardship efforts. This can leave some physicians unsure about what is best for their patients.
Our presenter, Dr. Lynora Saxinger will explore the ethics of antimicrobial stewardship, including how this is framed by national physician societies, and offer some current and evolving strategies to help balance practitioners’ concerns, such as whether they will be held accountable for any harm from withholding treatment, or fears of doing something ‘new’ or non-normative among their colleagues.
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
Dr. Lynora Saxinger, Associate Professor, Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta
Dr. Lynora Saxinger is an Infectious Diseases specialist whose clinical practice includes HIV, Hepatitis C, nontransplant immunocompromised hosts, and Travel and Tropical Medicine. She is co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and is Chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance Committee of AMMI Canada, involved in national stewardship initiatives to promote best practices in antibiotic use. Areas of research interest include antimicrobial utilization, epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance, and derivation of stewardship best practices.
Moderator: Margaret Haworth-Brockman (NCCID)
This program meets the accreditation criteria as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been accredited by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University for up to a total of 7.5 Section 1 credits (1 Section 1 credit/webinar).
Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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