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Hospitals urged to think hard before using antibiotics

Doctors and nurses are being asked to think twice before they prescribe antibiotics in a bid to prevent patients from being given them too much and developing resistance to these life saving drugs.

The Department of Health has published new guidance on the use of antibiotics in hospitals ahead of European Antibiotics Awareness Day.

The new guidance, called Start Smart, Then Focus, provides hospital prescribers with best practice advice on antimicrobial prescribing.

It will help ensure patients receive the right drug, at the right time, at the right dose, and for the right duration for the individual – avoiding unnecessary lengthy antibiotic treatment and inappropriate use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.