Management of infection guidance for primary care for consultation and local adaptation
Public Health England
In the UK 41.6 million antibiotic prescriptions were issued in 2013–2014 at a cost to the NHS of £192 million. The increase of antibiotic resistance highlights the need for antimicrobial stewardship programmes. Strategies to address antibiotic resistance includes prescribing an antibiotic when there is likely to be a clear clinical benefit, and avoiding the use of broad spectrum antibiotics where a narrow spectrum agent will be effective.
This Guidelines summary covers the appropriate use of antibiotics, and provides updated recommendations on the management of gonorrhea, cellulitis, and urinary tract infection in adults.