Monday Roundtable Luncheon
Adverse outcomes associated with the over use and injudicious use of antibiotics include bacterial multi-drug resistance, Clostridium difficile infections, allergic reactions, toxicities and side effects resulting from damage to normal flora. According to Durkin et. al, in 2017 antibiotics for dental treatment comprised an estimated 13% of all antibiotic prescriptions. Dentists, common prescribers of antibiotics for treatment and prevention of infections, play an important role in preventing adverse outcomes associated with antibiotic over-use through antibiotic stewardship.
We will review the rationale for dentistry in antibiotic stewardship, discuss clinical cases utilising current dental guidelines on antibiotic prescribing , and review the components required for a successful antibiotic stewardship program. During the round table, we will discuss successful toolkits that are available within the United States and worldwide . Participants will discuss elements of a successful dental toolkit for their state. Lastly, we will discuss the behavioral and psychological research that has shown to change prescriber behavior and furthermore, how these can then be implemented to dental offices in their state and nationwide.