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Scottish Management of Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan 2014-18 (ScotMARAP2)

Scottish Management of Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan 2014-18 (ScotMARAP2)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ISBN: 9781784127268

A document detailing the action plan for the management of antimicobial resistance 2014-18 in Scotland.

Executive Summary

This document updates the original ScotMARAP plan published in 2008, which has made significant progress in a number of areas – such as a reduction in the use of high risk antibiotics for treatment across primary and secondary care and a shift in emphasis away from the commonplace prescribing of antibiotics.

The revised plan for 2014-18 lists a number of actions for health services in Scotland to take forward as more issues around antimicrobial resistance come to the fore.

The key measures include:

developing the Infection Intelligence Platform (IIP) that will allow a range of information and analysis on antimicrobial treatment, resistance and patient outcomes to be shared; providing advanced national and local surveillance of antimicrobial use and resistance, to monitor how antibiotics are used and how resistance to them is developing; issuing national guidance on treatment of common infections and advice on which antibiotics to use in order to preserve their effectiveness and minimise harm from healthcare associated infection; and developing education initiatives for healthcare staff and the public to increase awareness of when and how antibiotics should be used.