Project – Microbes Guide

Second version of the Nurses Microbes Guide

The second version of the Nurses Microbes Guide is going to combine the previous first (essential on microbes) and second into one (medication). All are going to be publish separated to enable the editors to adapt to new information and especial related to virus outbreaks and implication for nurses and patients. The groups is also extended from 5 to 15 specialist nurses.

See for full information at ESNO website under Microbial Issues

Module 1  – Microbes and Medication

An introduction to microbes such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, parasites, and prions highlights where patients are most at risk of infection. On medication begins with an overview of antibiotics and other antimicrobials and the different ways in which they work. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, and this can be an education and communication challenge.

NEW: COVID19, zoonoses, epidemiology and virology.

Module 2  – Vaccines and Vaccination

Takes a closer focus on infections and preventable measures by vaccination, exploring the different types of vaccines, their role in infection prevention, and their storage and handling. Vaccines are used to prevent both bacterial and viral infections. Vaccines are also in development against fungi and parasites. One of the arguments often used by people hesitant to use vaccines relates to their safety and effectiveness. This module covers the monitoring mechanisms for vaccine safety, and discusses ways to improve people’s confidence in vaccines.

NEW: development of vaccines with shorter development routes, revision of vaccines, herd and solidarity principles.

Module 3 –  Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship

Outlines the issues of AMR, how it develops and spreads, and includes a number of case studies. The module discusses how patients with AMR infections should be treated. It also looks at prevention and containment of AMR, including the role of the One Health approach, which co-ordinates actions across sectors, including veterinary health, agriculture and environmental health. Module four closes with an overview of stewardship  programs, and the engagement in European Union initiatives and international health organisations of specialist nurses.

new insights on AMR.
National examples of Stewardship programs
Bases for European core curriculum AMR stewardship >> read more
Launch a survey on AMR Stewardsship

Module 4 – Infection Prevention Control

Provides an overview of infection prevention and control, and how this can be put in place within healthcare settings. It introduces the chain of infection, and then discusses the principles of hygiene. These begin with hand hygiene and personal protective equipment, and continue with the role of aseptic no-touch techniques to safeguard both patients and healthcare professionals. Nurses play a critical role in infection control, both through practical roles, and as educators for healthcare professionals, patients and carers.

NEW: Nasopharyngeal swab sampling techniques, assessment of the wound, Transmission by aerosols, the rational use of masks, different types of masks, Negative-pressure rooms – Transmission of aerosols – air flows – Virus management at home –  social distancing in hospital and community – educating population in the use of masks and gloves and the principles of health – products that are used for hand hygiene – what are effective etc.

Members of the editing

Noel Abela, Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Judith Perez-gomez, Marijke Quaghebeur, Jeannette Verkerk, Suzanne Elvidge, Brioni Elena, Maria-Teresa Parisotto, Tihana Batrnek, Luigi Apuzzo, Ingeborg Groothuis, Cristiano Magnaghi, Rebecca Cachia-Faerne, Josephine Declay and Ber Oomen