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Human resources needed to perform antimicrobial stewardship teams’ activities in French hospitals

Abstract : OBJECTIVE:In January 2015, the French ministry of Health set up a task force on antibiotic resistance. Members of the task force's "antimicrobial stewardship" group conducted a study to evaluate the human resources needed to implement all the required activities of the multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship teams (AST - antibiotic/infectious disease lead supervisors, microbiologists, and pharmacists) in French healthcare facilities.METHODS:We conducted an online cross-sectional nationwide survey. The questionnaire was designed based on regulatory texts and experts' consensus. The survey took place between March and May 2015. We used the mailing list of the French Infectious Diseases Society (SPILF) to send out questionnaires.RESULTS:A total of 65 healthcare facilities completed the questionnaire. The human resources needed to implement all AST's activities were estimated at 3.6 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions/1000 acute care beds for antibiotic/infectious disease lead supervisors, at 2.5 FTE/1000 beds for pharmacists, and at 0.6 FTE/1000 beds for microbiologists. This almost amounts to a total of 2000 FTE positions for all healthcare facilities (public and private) in France and to an annual cost of 200 million euros.CONCLUSION:Dedicated and sustainable funding for AST is urgently needed to implement comprehensive and functional AST programs in all healthcare facilities.
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P. Le Coz, J. Carlet, F. Roblot, C. Pulcini. Human resources needed to perform antimicrobial stewardship teams’ activities in French hospitals. Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses, Elsevier Masson, 2016, 46 (4), pp.200-206. ⟨10.1016/j.medmal.2016.02.007⟩. ⟨hal-01817498⟩



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