Antibiotics Awareness

How aware are you?
We cannot stop resistance but we can slow it down and stop it spreading by simply not using antibiotics when we don't need them.

 

How aware are you?

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Antimicrobial Prescribing have been very busy reviewing local antibiotic prescribing guidelines. This ensures that the antibiotics recommended for use within secondary care are the most appropriate, taking into consideration our prescribers experience and local resistance patterns. This work is carried out by our Antibiotic Management Team (AMT).

Other methods of having the guidelines available to our prescribers are being explored, the most exciting one for the team is an interactive web based guideline.

As part of the government HEAT targets, we continue to monitor our antibiotic use and provide regular feedback to our prescribers and the government agency responsible for antimicrobial prescribing the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG).

In September and October along with our colleagues in Infection Control, we participated in a national point prevelance study (PPS). During this we gathered information on antimicrobial prescribing and hospital acquired infections.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day is on Friday 18th November 2011. Please see below for some useful and informative links regarding this.

Previous campaigns include:

Antibiotics awareness week campaign 23rd February 2009. This was very successful and included adverts on buses and radio shows.

A staff awareness event was held during February 2010.

European Awareness Day was on 18th November 2010. This was an opportunity for health boards to again highlight resistance and locally there were information leaflets available from all GP surgeries and community Pharmacies.

Some useful documents are:

Link opens in new windowEuropean Awareness Advertorial

Link opens in new windowECDC Checklist

Link opens in new windowEuropean Awareness Fact Sheet

For further information on European day please see link below

Link opens in new windowEuropean Awareness Day

For further information on antibiotic resistance please see links below

How can you help?

  1. By not requesting antibiotics when they are not needed.
  2. By completing your course of antibiotics when they are needed.
  3. By not sharing your antibiotics with anyone else.
  4. By not keeping antibiotics for use on another occasion.
  5. By not suggesting to other people to request antibiotics for themselves or their family.
  6. By not purchasing antibiotics abroad.
  7. By stopping smoking.

 Some of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics include

Penicillin V (Phenoxymethylpenicillin) for tonsillitis

Amoxicillin for bronchitis

Trimethoprim for UTI