Primary care guidance on management of common infections produced by Public Health England (PHE) has been used as the core source document for regional antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for many years. NICE have been producing complementary antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for just over a year – with two-page visual summaries available for: sinusitis; sore throat; otitis media; prostatitis; lower UTI; Continue Reading »
PHE Keep Antibiotics Working Campaign 2018 https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/58-keep-antibiotics-working On 23rd October 2018 Public Health England (PHE) will launch their national campaign across England to support the government’s efforts to reduce inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics by raising awareness of the issue of antibiotic resistance and reducing demand from the public. The campaign supports the government’s ambition to halve inappropriate prescribing Continue Reading »
NICE has warned healthcare professionals and the public that people who incorrectly believe they are allergic to penicillin are unnecessarily put at an increased risk of developing MRSA or C difficile. Incorrectly identifying people as allergic could also contribute to antimicrobial resistance, as people are likely to be given broad-spectrum antibiotics. Studies suggest that: Around 10% of the UK Continue Reading »
The North West Medicines Information Centre have published a very useful synopsis of recent NICE guidelines on antimicrobial prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections. NICE Bites 107 summarises NICE NG 84: Acute Sore throat and NICE NG 91: Acute Otitis Media. Both aim to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance, emphasising the low risk of complications and Continue Reading »
An updated version of the antimicrobial prescribing guideline for primary care in the North East & Cumbria is now available: Version 4 incorporates changes made to the Public Health England document: Management and treatment of common infections – Antibiotic guidance for primary care as well as recent guidance from NICE on management of self-limiting respiratory tract & ear infections.