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Healthcare Associated Infections

GaV - Gentamicin and Vancomycin

We have developed online modules providing the most up-to-date national guidance to support the safe and effective use of gentamicin and vancomycin.

The online modules are based on the 2013 Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group guidance on gentamicin and vancomycin. The modules are as follows:

NES: GaV - Gentamycin (Greater Glasgow & Clyde Guidance)
Provide the learner with an understanding of the guidance in relation to prescribing, administering and monitoring intravenous gentamicin use in adults following the Greater Glasgow and Clyde guidance

NES: GaV - Gentamycin (Hartford Guidance)
Provides the learner with an understanding of the guidance in relation to prescribing, administering and monitoring intravenous gentamicin use in adults following the Hartford guidance.

NES: GaV - Vancoymcin (continuous infusion)
Provides the learner with an understanding of the guidance in relation to prescribing, administering and monitoring intravenous vancomycin in adults as a continuous infusion.

NES: GaV - Vancoymcin (intermittent infusion)
Provides the learner with an understanding of the guidance in relation to prescribing, administering and monitoring intravenous vancomycin in adults as a intrmittent infusion.

Please note that modules are available via learnPro but are allocated to health boards based on the guidance adopted locally in practice.

Download the promotional flyer for use locally. If you would like to request copies please contact hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Registration and Access

This course is provided by learnPro.  Further information about registration and access can be found at our learnPro information page.

For students registering and accessing the modules through learnPro community, please read the FAQs

Target Audience

The modules are aimed at:

  • Hospital prescribers including foundation year doctors and non-medical prescribers
  • Clinical practitioners involved in administering and monitoring antibiotic treatment

The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) are keen to ensure that the modules as seen as a priority by foundation year doctors.  Assistance is requested at local level through training and governance routes to ensure awareness and access to the modules for foundation year doctors.

Nursing staff may find the Antimicrobial Stewardship workbook, which contains information about gentamicin and vancomycin and offers practical work-based learning activities, to be a helpful alternative educational resource. The workbook is available on the NES website.

Learning Objectives

On completion of each module you will have:

  • an understanding of the requirements for safe prescribing including calculating the initial dose, monitoring therapy (including assessing for toxicity) and adjusting dosage regimens
  • understand the methods of administration

Further Information

It is anticipated that the theory element for each module should take 30 minutes of online learning time with a further 10-15 minutes of online learning time for completion of the assessed case scenario. The remainder of the case scenarios are voluntary and it is anticipated that each one will take 10-15 minutes of online learning.

On completion of the course you can print off a record of learning as evidence for your portfolio or training record.

For students registering and accessing the modules through learnPro community, please read the FAQs

For further information please contact Gill.Walker@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Other resources of interest

 

Resource launched 2013. Reviewed 2015.