LEVERAGING THE SYNERGY BETWEEN ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP AND INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN FIGHTING ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
The COVID-19 pandemic had a great impact on the understanding of both antimicrobial stewardship (AS) and infection prevention and control (IPC).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the collaboration between AS and IPC has mitigated the shortcomings experienced by health systems around the world, enhancing the performance of both, reinforcing the synergy between them, and increasing their preparedness in fighting antimicrobial resistance.
In planning the post-pandemic era, health systems worldwide should invest in reinforcing the synergy between AS and IPC highlighted during the pandemic.
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