Shilpa Jethwa is an antimicrobial pharmacist at Northwick Park Hospital.
Hospital‑acquired pneumonia increases the length of in-patient hospital stay and is associated with high mortality rates, particularly in older people. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to know how to diagnose and manage the condition, and be cognisant of the gaps in the evidence base.
Healthcare professionals should be aware of the principles of antimicrobial treatment and the need to reduce inappropriate prescribing to retain the effectiveness of drugs currently available.
Bench rounds at Northwick Park Hospital help promote the prudent use of antimicrobials.