Category Archives: Resources

Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidance – NICE & PHE Update

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 »

Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes – little if any benefit for most

The NHS National Institute for Health Research has published a SIGNAL article highlighting a systematic review of 24 studies (including 5,454 people) investigating the value of self-monitoring of blood glucose by people with type 2 diabetes who are not treated with insulin. The NIHR SIGNAL concludes that “patients with type 2 diabetes who monitor their blood glucose themselves may Continue Reading »

Keep Antibiotics Working – 2018 Campaign

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 »

Incorrectly Recorded Penicillin Allergy – Increased risk of MSRA & C.difficile infection

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 »