Care home staff asked to help protect antibiotics for future generations
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Care home staff have been called on to join the battle to protect antibiotics for future generations.
Care homes are being targeted during the campaign, led in Scotland by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG), as older people are more vulnerable to infections, receive more antibiotics than younger people and are more likely to experience adverse effects from antibiotic treatment.
As part of the focus on care homes, a decision aid tool has been developed by SAPG in collaboration with the Care Inspectorate and care home provider organisations to support management of diarrhoea, including advice on Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a potentially serious cause of diarrhoea.
The decision aid, together with “get well soon without antibiotics” posters and leaflets, will be sent out to care homes across Scotland. Annette Bruton, chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, said care homes had an important part to play.
“We hope the new decision tool will support care homes in the way they manage diarrhoea,” said Ms Bruton.