NICE has issued a report on antibiotic prescribing and Devon LDC recommends auditing your prescribing patterns as a first step.
You may wish to use the audit toolkits from Devon LDC.
NHS England and Public Health England have issued a patient safety alert, warning of the dangers of antimicrobial resistance.
The consequences of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) include increased treatment failure for common infections and decreased treatment options where antibiotics are vital, such as during certain cancer treatments. Antimicrobial stewardship is key to combating AMR and is an important element of the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.
Antimicrobial stewardship embodies an organisational and system-wide approach to promoting and monitoring the judicious use of antimicrobials by:
- optimising therapy for individual patients;
- preventing overuse and misuse; and
- minimising the development of resistance at patient and community levels.