The AMRSim research team has developed a training intervention designed to change perception of the risk of bacterial contamination and, ultimately, related behaviours. It comprises a digital tool, educational content, and an interactive mode of presentation and delivery.
By 'making the invisible, visible' we seek to reduce bacterial contamination in small animal veterinary practices, reduce reliance on antibiotics, and contribute to decreasing the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) developing.
The team took data from the real world and made them 'come alive' in a visual way, allowing normally invisible bacteria to be 'seen' as they spread via contact between animals, people, and the indoor environment. The intention was to provide a fresh perspective and appreciation of infection risk, and to motivate the changes in behaviour needed to reduce such risk.
The AMRSim project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number AH/R002088/1).