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 a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
  • Talk to your patients about their antibiotics and about antibiotic resistance - the importance of completing their prescribed course and the dangers of misuse. 
  • Advise and provide information to patients on how to relieve symptoms of cold and flu and explain that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.
  • Talk to patients about how they can prevent infections, for example: vaccination, hand washing, safer sex, cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • 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

For more information and resources on prescribing guidance, see Prescribing guidance and antibiograms.

ESR surveillance information

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) has an extensive surveillance programme on antimicrobial resistance.

The use and overuse of antibiotics is a key factor in the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.  Further information on antibiotic consumption in New Zealand see the Antibiotic Consumption Report on the Public Health Surveillance website.

The antibiotic reference laboratory at ESR is responsible for national surveillance of antimicrobial resistance among human pathogens. Surveillance reports from this laboratory are available on the Public Health Surveillance website.

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