AMS Implementation Toolkit

Hospital-Level Cumulative Antibiograms

Antibiograms are summary antimicrobial susceptibility tables, used by clinicians to inform empirical antimicrobial choice, develop local antimicrobial guidelines and guide formulary management.

The The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 3.16b require hospitals to monitor antimicrobial resistance. As a guide, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care developed a Specification for Hospital Cumulative Antibiograms which details both the clinical and technical elements of cumulative antibiograms that will support antimicrobial prescribing and antimicrobial stewardship in general.

To read more about antibiograms, and to see an example of a hospital-level cumulative antibiogram, go to Hunter New England Local Health District’s AIMED - Let’s Talk About Antibiotics Blog.