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.
- Guidelines for the Control of Multidrug-resistant Organisms in New Zealand
- Guidelines for the Control of Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus Aureus in New Zealand
- Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae