Antibiotic Policies

This micro skills course will review the incidence, mechanisms and implications of antimicrobial resistance in hospital practice. Using this as the background, we will discuss the role played by appropriate antimicrobial prescribing and administration in reducing the spread of resistance. We will also look at the implications of Clostridium difficile infection, and review current best practice on endocarditis prophylaxis, along with approaches to empirical antimicrobial therapy.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Anaesthetists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe the incidence and importance of antimicrobial resistance in hospital practice and the factors contributing to it
  3. Discuss the aetiology, diagnosis and therapy of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea
  4. Classify the use of antimicrobial agents based on the therapeutic aims
  5. Classify surgical procedures according to their risk of microbial contamination
  6. Discuss the appropriate use of perioperative (surgical) antibiotic prophylaxis
  7. Define the role of antibiotic policies in optimizing antibiotic therapy episodes and describe an appropriate empirical antibiotic approach to common infections

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.