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Families urged to join fight to keep antibiotics working

Scottish families are being urged to join the fight to protect antibiotics for future generations – and stop the spread of superbugs. 

The UK-wide Keep Antibiotics Working campaign, which is part of European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), encourages kids and parents to use antibiotics more wisely and safeguard them for the future.

 

New projects for SAPG

We have begun several new projects for 2017-18 to address current priorities for stewardship in Scotland.

 

BMJ report on antibiotic courses

Response to British Medical Journal (BMJ) report on antibiotic courses.

 

New guidance on antibiotic dosing in obesity

Working with the Association of Scottish Antimicrobial Pharmacists and our colleagues in Healthcare Improvement Scotland, we have updated guidance from UK Medicines Information (UKMI) about how to dose antibiotics in obese patients. 

 

National consensus on managing shortage of piperacillin tazobactam

Due to a manufacturing issue there is currently a worldwide shortage of piperacillin / tazobactam. 

 

Webinar aims to reduce antibiotic prescribing

A webinar designed to help reduce antibiotic prescribing is to be held this March.

 

New app to help Scottish healthcare staff fight threat of antibiotic resistance.

A groundbreaking new app to help healthcare staff tackle antibiotic resistance has been launched in Scotland.

 

Antimicrobial resistance and UTIs

SAPG lead Dr Jacqui Sneddon has had an article on antimicrobial resistance and UTIs published in Nursing in Practice. 

Read the article. 

 

Free educational iBook on antimicrobial stewardship launched

Free educational iBook on antimicrobial stewardship launched.
 
A free educational workbook developed by SAPG and NHS Education for Scotland to help educate registered nurses and midwives about antimicrobial stewardship has been made available as an iBook.