For Equine Vets Everywhere
 The Award Winning Antibiotic use Toolkit from BEVA

  • Antimicrobial resistance is an emerging clinical problem that is recognised internationally as one of the largest threats to human and animal health.
  • All major health and veterinary organisations are working to try and limit the development of resistance so that effective antimicrobials can be retained for use in clinical practice. 
  • BEVA believes that effective self-regulation on the responsible use of antimicrobials is a more suitable option than a legislative solution.
  • The PROTECT ME toolkit is modelled on BSAVA PROTECT guidelines developed by SAMSoc, but incorporating the essential watchwords ‘Monitor’ and ‘Educate’. 

Antibiotic Champion Award 2016-2017

In 2016 BEVA received a national Antibiotic Guardian award from Public Health England in recognition of the work being done to promote responsible antibiotic use. This award is a reflection on the work of individual veterinary practices in developing protocols for optimal use of antimicrobials. Therefore, this year to recognise world antibiotic awareness week (16th to 22nd November, 2016) and European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18th November), BEVA are encouraging members to document their efforts to reduce the use of critically important antibiotics. 

The process is simple, and just requires individuals to share sales data (in mls) of chosen antibiotics. Practices that document a reduction in antibiotic sales of these drugs will be awarded a BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award that can be used to promote individual practices and promote public awareness of antibiotic awareness. 

Members are also encouraged to sign up to be antibiotic guardians at www.antibioticguardian.com

Apply for BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award status and play your part in reducing the use of antibiotics. 

TO SUBMIT YOUR DATA, JUST DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE HERE

COMPLETE THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AND RETURN VIA EMAIL TO THE BEVA OFFICE.  


 

Develop protocols for antimicrobial usage based on common clinical scenarios

Reduce Prophylaxis

REDUCE PROPHYLAXIS

Other options

Reduce or replace antimicrobials with other methods for bacterial reduction

Types of drug and bacteria

Select appropriate drugs based on empirical use guidelines

Employ narrow spectrum drugs 

Antibiotic spectrum of activity

Culture and sensitivity

Use bacterial culture promptly

Treat effectively

As little as possible, as much as needed

    



Monitor

AUDIT ANTIBIOTIC USE AND RESISTANCE

Educate

EDUCATE YOUR TEAM AND YOUR CLIENTS


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Guidelines for use of PDF forms 

Several of the documents, including the BEVA antimicrobial policy template are available as PDF forms and require Adobe reader software to access. This can be downloaded for free from www.adobe.com/reader.

An instructional video demonstrating how to use PDF forms can viewed here. A purple banner will appear at the top of the document asking you to complete the form.

While ‘highlight existing fields’ is selected the available sections that can be changed are highlighted. Use the TAB key or your mouse to move between fields. Once you have completed your policy, you should save it to your local computer so that it can be amended as needed.

Print multiple copies and distribute to all members of the practice. We recommend additional copies are posted in your pharmacy.

If you choose to you may submit your document to the BEVA office. This will enable BEVA to improve their documents for the future. All data submitted to BEVA will be treated in the strictest confidence and details of originating practices will not be used in any way. If you have any comments to improve these policy documents please email.

Using PDF forms on Tablet devices

The dynamic functions of these PDF forms are not compatible with all tablet based PDF readers.

The best solution to distribute to iphone / android devices is to print as a PDF using free software such as cutePDF available from cutepdf.com or primopdf from primopdf.com.

iOS and Android users can download the free Adobe Reader software from Google Play or from the app store. These are both free of charge 

For iphone and ipads

For android devices




PROTECT ME by BEVA & Mark Bowen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial 4.0 International License