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Relaunch of Antimicrobial Prescribing Self-Audit Tool


Relaunch of Antimicrobial Prescribing Self-Audit Tool

 Sent on behalf of the LDN and Dental Public Health (Cheshire & Merseyside)


Prescribing self-audit tool re-launched


The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) and British Dental Association have published an updated version of their Antimicrobial Prescribing Self-Audit Tool.


The news coincides with the launch of the government’s 5-Year Action Plan and 20-Year Vision for antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and the update is intended to help the dental profession play its part in tackling AMR by further reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.


Poor prescribing practice and misuse of antibiotics are contributing to an increasing incidence of multi-drug-resistant infections, causing an estimated 700,000 deaths each year worldwide. The government predicts this toll could rise to 10 million by 2050.


Dentists issue around 5-7% of NHS antibiotic prescriptions, and the Antimicrobial Prescribing Self-Audit Tool consists of a data collection sheet together with a comprehensive guide enabling them to complete a clinical audit of their prescribing and their management of dental infections.


Endorsed by Public Health England, the tool is designed to be used alongside the Faculty’s Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners  so that dentists can compare their practice against standards. The tool was originally launched in November 2016, and has now been updated to promote understanding that it facilitates, rather than performs, an audit.


The Local Dental Network would also encourage GDPs to
take the British Association of Oral Surgeons’ Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) e-Learning Modules, which provide free verified CPD enabling you  to demonstrate application of the principles of antimicrobial stewardship to common clinical scenarios. We would recommend that this evidence is kept in your sepsis file for CQC visitations.