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Antibiotics in Primary Care


There is little doubt that in a few years multiple resistance to antibiotics will become a major public health issue.  With primary care accounting for 80% of all AB (antibiotic) prescriptions (mainly from medical practitioners), dentists can help contribute to reducing this risk.

There are few public health issues of potentially greater importance for society than antibiotic resistance – Sally Davies

Without urgent, co-ordinated action, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries …. can once again kill – WHO


Looking at these two statements above – reflect back on yesterdays, or last weeks patients.  Did you prescribe ABs during this time and does the treatment decisions that you made still feel right?



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