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Antimicrobial stewardship must be considered when Antimicrobial stewardship must be considered when prescribing for woundcare

In recent years, there has been a drive to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, which has contributed to the emergence of bacterial resistance.1 Although progress has been made to address this issue in secondary care, there is still a high rate of antibiotic prescribing in primary care.2,3,4 To counter this, the Department of Health’s Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) has promoted initiatives such as antimicrobial stewardship in primary care.5 Antimicrobial stewardship comprises ‘coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antimicrobials’.6 PHE7 has produced also issued guidance on appropriate prescribing based on best available evidence, and in August, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence8 released its guidance Antimicrobial stewardship: Systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use (NG15).

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