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About POCAST

The Point of Care Antimicrobial Stewardship Tool (POCAST) is a reference source aimed at supporting health care professionals. The primary source for the guidance included in the POCAST is the Primary Care Guidance for the management of infections published by Public Health England (PHE). Please see our Terms & Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy.

POCAST was developed by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and represents collaboration between the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London, the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT).  Initial work on POCAST was funded by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity [ref:7006/P36U] as part of a research project to develop and evaluate a smartphone compatible application which provides point of care antimicrobial prescribing support to doctors and antimicrobial therapy information to patients.  The POCAST is now supported by the NIHR HPRU and NIHR PSTRC and is continued to be managed by a multidisciplinary team including a pharmacist, infectionists, GPs, and data manager, representing the NIHR HPRU, NIHR PSTRC, ICHT and Imperial College Department of Public Health and Primary Care.

The POCAST contents are updated in accordance with updates published by the PHE by the POCAST team. The POCAST is supported by PHE in that PHE are involved in reviewing updated POCAST contents to ensure clinical accuracy.

Last reviewed 27 July 2016

The POCAST project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London and by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity (Grant Ref No:7006/P36U).