This is the third annual report from the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG), published by Health Protection Scotland (HPS)/Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) that combines information on antimicrobial use and resistance in humans in Scotland.
The information on antimicrobial use and resistance covers the period to the end of 2010, which is the second year following the introduction of the antimicrobial stewardship programme in Scotland coordinated by SAPG. Interventions to improve quality in antimicrobial prescribing and infection management have been implemented across Scotland since 2008.
The information in this report is intended to support NHS Boards in evaluating current strategies and prioritise future activities to improve antimicrobial prescribing. In particular this report should be of relevance to Antimicrobial Management Teams (AMTs), Infection Control Teams (ICTs) and microbiologists.