NPS addresses antibiotic resistance

The first year of the campaign will reinforce recommendations from Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic about when and how to prescribe antibiotics for respiratory tract infections and to communicate with patients about the dangers of overusing and misusing antibiotics.

It is hoped nurses will join the campaign by communicating the issues surrounding antibiotics resistance with patients, and giving patients the confidence to self-manage the symptoms of a viral respiratory tract infection, for which antibiotics are not indicated.

An NPS spokesperson said evidence