0n 19th April 2017, the Health Education England (HEE) launched a report and called on employers and healthcare providers to do more to ensure their staff are well trained to responsibly administer and prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of resistant infections.
The HEE survey, combating antimicrobial resistance: educational approaches for the responsible prescribing of antimicrobials, asked 72 CCGs and trusts across the country about their approaches to antibiotic use and how staff were educated about the drugs.
Here are listed some findings from the HEE survey.
These findings has led HEE to ask all employers and providers to make sure that training on responsible antibiotic use was put in place for all prescribers of medicine as part of their induction, and that providers should continue to update and support their training throughout their careers.
The Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England, Professor Ged Byrne said that the antimicrobial resistance cannot be eliminated so, HEE can work together to limit its risk to the public and reduce its impact.
It is crucial that prescribers have the right knowledge and skills, to make sure that prescribing interventions are safe and that they deliver the best outcomes for their patients, he added.
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