Minimising antimicrobial resistance: information for health professionals

Preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance

  • Prescribe antibiotics only when necessary, according to evidence-based guidelines. When possible, prescribe a narrow-spectrum antibiotic, not broad-spectrum antibiotic.
  • Advise patients on the importance of taking their treatment correctly as prescribed.
  • Advise and provide information to patients on how to relieve symptoms of cold and flu and explain that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.
  • Advise patients how to prevent the spread of infection and the importance of vaccination.
  • Adhere to good infection prevention and control practices.

Managing antimicrobial-resistant infections

The following resources have information on managing antimicrobial-resistant infections in health care facilities.

Guidance on prescribing

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