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Antibacterials (Second edition) - learning@lunch module


  • Released: 03/2013
  • Reviewed: 02/2016
  • Study time: 4h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme will support you to assess and monitor patients requiring antibacterial therapy in acute care, and help you work with other healthcare professionals to treat and control infection.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • name the major classes of antibacterials and state their mode of action
  • name an empirical therapy for common infections
  • explain the rationale for monitoring biochemical and clinical indicators during an infection
  • recommend the most suitable antibacterial agent, route of administration and the dose and duration of therapy, taking into consideration individual patient factors
  • advise prescribers on antibacterial medicines administration issues
  • interpret antibacterial monitoring information to help optimise antibacterial therapy
  • explain the role of the ward-based team in leading rational antibacterial prescribing and use.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can open this programme as a PDF in your web browser. We recommend that you download and save it to your computer and view it through Adobe Reader.

On your tablet device: If you would like to view this programme on your tablet device you can download the PDF and open it within a free PDF reader app. We have tested this type of programme in a few apps and found that it works in the Adobe Reader app on Android and Apple devices and the PDF Reader app on Apple devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants