Strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance
The 'Strategy for Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (STAR) (2012-17)' was launched in June 2012 and aims to improve the quality and appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing in Northern Ireland.
STAR has identified five key areas for future action:
- antimicrobial stewardship in all health and social care settings
- monitoring of antimicrobial usage and surveillance of resistance
- professional education and practice
- research and development
- patient and public engagement and information
Regional antimicrobial prescribing guidelines have been developed using a range of sources of current evidence based practice.