Resistance to antimicrobial drugs is a global threat to human health and well being. The World Health Organisation (WHO) regards this an increasingly serious threat that requires action across all government sectors and society.

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.

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