Challenges posed by COVID-19 on Antimicrobial Stewardship and its Role in Antimicrobial Resistance

Suhel Sabunwala, MD
Friday, July 2, 2021
Category: Antimicrobial Stewardship, COVID-19, Viral Infections

Dr. Sabunwala, Infectious Diseases fellow at the University of South Florida discusses how antimicrobial stewardship has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He begins by discussing a brief historical review of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. He then relates the ways that COVID-19 has impacted clinical care through the development of secondary infections and the perceived need for empiric antibiotics in COVID patients. Dr. Sabunwala then takes a deep dive into antimicrobial usage in COVID-19 patients, looking at the issue from different perspectives. Next, the effect of COVID-19 on the antimicrobial supply chain is explored. Dr. Sabunwala then shares recent publications on the profound effects of COVID on antimicrobial stewardship. The speaker concludes by looking at mitigation strategies for combating excessive antimicrobial usage during the pandemic.

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