Antibiotics are a valuable resource – HSCB, PHA & DHSSPS urge patients and health professionals to use them wisely
Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and is already becoming a major threat to the management of infections. On European Antibiotic Awareness Day the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) are taking this opportunity to highlight the problem of antimicrobial resistance and to encourage patients and those working in health and social care to play their part in reducing the risk of resistance.
To assist with this important message, HSCB and PHA are launching the recently-updated Northern Ireland Management of Infection Guidelines for Primary Care 2013. The guidelines build on the 2010 Antimicrobial Guidelines for Primary Care and have been developed to promote the safe, effective and economic use of antibiotics. The guidelines particularly aim to minimise the emergence of bacterial resistance in the community.