Excessive and inappropriate use of antibiotics is the main driver of antimicrobial resistance, which is particularly problematic, especially in frail older people who are susceptible to frequent and severe infections. A lack of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures and inappropriate diagnosis leads to antimicrobial overprescribing in nursing homes and could be reduced through antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and improved IPC measures, but the implementation hugely vary across countries.
We want to increase the prevention of infections and reduce antibiotic inappropriateness by implementing a multifaceted intervention targeting health care professionals (HCP in nursing homes in 8 European countries: Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Denmark.
For three months, the health care professionals in each nursing home will register information about infections and IPC measures. HCPs will then participate in a multifaceted intervention. The registration will be repeated after one year of the first registration. All personnel working in the nursing homes will be invited to participate.
During the next 3 years, partners of the IMAGINE project consortium will train nursing home staff in better management and diagnostic of suspected acute infections in 8 target countries.
The IMAGINE consortium contains a wide diversity of geographical and professional coverage throughout the EU.