Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Antibiotics are crucial for the treatment of infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and tuberculosis. These medicines are also used to prevent infections from developing during surgical procedures and cancer treatment.

However, the overuse and incorrect prescribing of antibiotics are increasing antibiotic resistance. Collaborations between multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship teams and prescribers can help address this problem.

This Guidelines summary covers the effective use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) and antimicrobial stewardship interventions.


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