The Antibiogram Training Project

Antimicrobial resistance has become a global crisis and highlights the need to enhance antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) activities around the world. Healthcare providers need accurate antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) data to guide treatment of individual patients while AMS committees need cumulative AST data to develop recommendations for empiric therapy. Cumulative AST data are also critical for infection prevention programmes to control spread of multi-resistant organisms in hospitals. Regional and national surveillance activities also rely on the same AST data from microbiology laboratories to understand the changing epidemiology of resistant organisms and to formulate broad guidelines for antimicrobial use.

AST data are the heart of all of these activities. But it is not enough simply to generate AST data in the laboratory and hope the data find their way to the right place. Cumulative AST data (i.e., antibiograms) need to be disseminated to end users in a format that is easy to understand and use. The cumulative data must be assembled in such a way that recommendations for empiric therapy can be developed and potential outbreaks of drug-resistant organisms can be identified. For many laboratories though, putting together an antibiogram seems like a daunting task. Even some laboratories that have been assembling data for several years wonder if they are doing it correctly.

This free training programme provides resources for developing and sharing hospital antibiograms regardless of whether you are using CLSI or EUCAST methods. It contains links to a wide variety of resources along three pathways:

  • Pathway A for laboratories with no experience with antibiograms;
  • Pathway B for laboratories with some experience that want to improve and expand the use of their antibiograms;
  • Pathway C for experienced laboratories that want to share their data with external surveillance systems.

It also contains links to helpful papers, lectures and videos to maximise the effectiveness of each hospital’s cumulative AST data.