NICE Guideline published to support better antibiotic prescribing

pillsAntibiotic resistance and sensible prescribing of antibiotics have long been an issue in healthcare. Often this has been fuelled by patient expectation that an antibiotic will help resolve their condition and prescribers feeling pressured to prescribe antibiotics.  To encourage appropriate prescribing, in a time when fewer new antibiotics are being discovered, NICE published new guidance on 18th August 2015.

The full guidance can be found in:

The NICE guideline [NG15] –  Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use.

It includes recommendations to support prescribers in taking time to discuss with patients the likely nature of their condition, the benefits and harms of immediate antimicrobial prescribing and alternative options.

The  guideline considers the whole area of antimicrobial prescribing and makes recommendations for health and social care practitioners and organisations on the best ways to minimise antimicrobial resistance. It includes recommendations on: antimicrobial stewardship programmes, antimicrobial prescribing and introducing new antimicrobials.

Read more about it at Calls for NHS to curb inappropriate antibiotic prescribing