ScotGov: The first report of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group has been published. It is designed to provide a baseline to monitor trends in prescribing and antimicrobial resistance. In addition, Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, has as outlined the next steps for the Scottish HAI Task Force, which is currently midway through a 3-year action plan.
* Agreeing priorities for HAI and antimicrobial resistance over the next three years
* Monitoring emerging resistant infections and working with the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group to ensure Scotland's antibiotic prescribing policy remains appropriate
* Assessing the potential for minimising patient movement within hospitals, in light of findings from bed management pilots.