The 21st edition of the SWAB symposium hosted by the Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (Dutch acronym is SWAB) will be on the 24th of June 2021 from 13.30 until 17.15, virtual. This year’s theme of the SWAB symposium is ‘Staphylococcus aureus infections’. The topics in this edition are directly related to the clinical practice in the Netherlands. The keynote lecture will be given by the renowned international expert in the treatment of S. aureus infections: Prof. Dr. Vance Fowler. Furthermore, the latest data from NethMap 2021 will be presented. The language of the SWAB symposium is English.

Program SWAB symposium - 24th of June 2021
Hosts: Dr. Kim Sigaloff & Dr. Nelianne Verkaik
Please note: All times are Central European Time


Livestream open




Rifampicin: give it a rest? The role of rifampicin in S. aureus infections, including infections of prosthetic material
Dr. Henk Scheper, LUMC


SWAB lecture: Duration of antibiotic therapy for S. aureus bacteremia: the long and the short of it
Prof. Dr. Vance Fowler, Duke University


Presentation of SWAB awards
Dr. Mark de Boer, chair SWAB




Evidence-based management of S. aureus bacteremia: interactive questions and cases
- Panelmembers: Dr. Miquel Ekkelenkamp, Dr. Marvin Berrevoets, Drs. David Buis
- Moderator: Dr. Kim Sigaloff


How to dose and monitor beta-lactam antibiotics in the treatment of S. aureus infections: moving toward uniformity in The Netherlands?
Duopresentation by Dr. Anouk Muller, HMC & Erasmus MC and Dr. Birgit Koch, Erasmus MC


Registration of quality indicators for management of S. aureus bacteremia
Dr. Jaap ten Oever, SWAB working party on Antibiotic Stewardship


Resistance Development in the Netherlands: Presentation of NethMap 2021
Dr. Kees Verduin, SWAB working party on Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance


Reflection and future perspective
Dr. Mark de Boer, chair SWAB


End of the SWAB symposium

SWAB has requested accreditation from:
•  Nederlandse Internisten Vereniging (NIV); 3 points
•  Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medische Microbiologie (NVMM); 3 points
•  Nederlandse Vereniging van Ziekenhuisapothekers (NVZA); 3 points
•  Nederlandse Vereniging voor Intensive Care (NVIC); 3 points
•  Nederlandse vereniging Kindergeneeskunde (NVK); 3 points
•  Accreditatiebureau Kwaliteitsregister V&V en Register Zorgprofessionals; pending
•  Accreditatiebureau Verpleegkundig Specialisten Register; pending
•  Vereniging voor Hygiëne & Infectiepreventie in de Gezondheidszorg (VHIG); pending 
   Nederlandse Associatie Physician Assistants (NAPA); pending

Registration Fees:
•  (Medical) Specialist or Pharmacist - €80,-
•  Resident - €50,-
•  Infection control practitioner/nurse - €40,-

Registrations will be performed via an online system. Click here for the online symposium registration. Registration deadline is June 22 at 12 o’clock in the afternoon. After registration a link will be sent to log in to the online symposium.

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Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (SWAB)

The major goal of the Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (Dutch acronym is SWAB) is to contribute to the containment of the development of antimicrobial resistance and of the expanding costs of the use of antibiotics. This is achieved by optimizing the use of antibiotics by means of guideline development, education and antibiotic resistance surveillance.

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