CEASE Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescribing

If there is not clinical indication (which more often than not requires laboratory confirmation), then do not prescribe antibiotics

Why the contribution is important

Financial (and Public Health) Ramifications!

1. GPs are under pressure from patients whereby patients feel their consulation has not been meaningful without a prescription in their hand. As a society we have to decide that "wait and see" is an acceptable clinical approach and that leaving the doctor with just (what 40 years) of advice is perfectly acceptable. Dont expect antibiotics!

2. GPs, under this pressure, are likely to therefore, prescribe with what was likely a virus that would have rid itself in (coincidentally) the same amount of time as an antibiotic-treated bacterial infection. In some instances, the bacterial cause is apparent (you can literally smell it); however, when pathology is not clear, swab it send it! Dont prescribe unless you know. Dont feel obliged to have your patient leave with something in their hands!

3. Treating antibiotic resistance caused from over prescribing is more expensive than a course of antibiotics...

...Therefore, this needs to be curtailed!

by essjaydeeem on April 12, 2017 at 06:44PM

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  • Posted by essjaydeeem April 12, 2017 at 18:49

    Again, not just GPs. I include all prescribers... sorry GPs!
  • Posted by MrBill April 12, 2017 at 21:10

    Governments cannot dictate medical ethics, that is up to Drs/GP's not members of our legislation.

  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 16, 2017 at 13:43

    On 'Trust me I'm a Doctor' series one of the team worked with a surgery to try to reduce anti biotic prescribing and found the pressure from patients to prescribe unreal! Also ther is no 'in house' ability to check for bacterial infection so the laboratory would be deluged with samples to test thus delaying treatment and deterioration of conditions. Doctors used to listen to your chest and seem not to use that skill so much now.When I was nursing I could actually hear a possible chest infection without a stethoscope because you become accustomed to the sound of the breathing.I would then refer to the Doctor for examination of patient.Nowt like experience but I know it's not easy for Doctors to make a descision and some of the patients on that programme were quite adamant they weren't leaving without anti biotic .Difficulty is with elderly and children.Would YOU want to hold off treatment? I know I would be tempted to write a script as were most of the Docs on the programme.
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