Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs were formed across the province to
promote the optimal use of antimicrobials among both our health care professionals and the public and to support health care professionals in choosing the
right drug, dose, duration and route when treating illnesses requiring antimicrobials. The three pillars of the Regina Area Antimicrobial Stewardship Program are education, awareness and intervention. Part of this important work includes engaging with students at all levels, Kindergarten to Grade 12 and post-secondary students.
Jason Vanstone and St. Mary’s Elementary Grade 5 student Olivia Elpa.
“We have been presenting to elementary and high school classes across the city for a couple of years now,” says Jason Vanstone, SHA Research Scientist, Stewardship and Clinical Appropriateness. “Each grade comes with unique challenges to presenting the material at an appropriate level and getting engagement from the students.”
Pharmacy students Hishaam Bimji and Sodiq Ibraheem discuss a mock case with a class at Campbell Collegiate to teach the students about antimicrobial stewardship in the hospital.
The team talks with the students about the importance of handwashing and how to prevent getting sick, the differences between bacteria and viruses, and what antibiotic resistance is. They even explain, for the older students, about what antimicrobial stewardship teams do from a clinical perspective. They find that going into the schools and engaging with the kids is a great way to involve them from a young age in being stewards of this important resource (antibiotics) and to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers.
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The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that promotes optimal use of antimicrobials, including determination of the need for antimicrobials, and if needed, selection of the right drug, dose, duration and route of administration.