Guideline for Antibiotic Use in the Canniesburn Unit, both Prophylaxis and Treatment (672)


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Antibiotic resistance has become a major issue and the World Economic Forum has placed it alongside terrorism and climate change on its global risk register. Prudent use of antimicrobials is therefore essential with limitation of antimicrobials to those where there are clear symptoms or suspicion of infection. Prudent antimicrobial use is also important in surgical prophylaxis where post-operative antibiotics should only be given to treat active/ongoing infection unless specifically recommended against the surgical procedure. This guideline aims to provide antibiotic use recommendations for the Canniesburn Unit clinical teams.


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Last reviewed: 26 February 2019

Next review: 28 February 2022

Author(s): Ysobel Gourlay

Version: 1

Author Email(s): [email protected]

Approved By: Antimicrobial Utilisation Committee

Document Id: 672