Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG)
Published: 30 August 2016
Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans -
Published: 27 January 2015
Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans
Antimicrobial resistance is recognised as a major threat to public health and patient safety. It reduces the available treatment options and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality due to a failure of the initial choice of empirical antimicrobial therapy. It is accepted that the way in which antimicrobials are used, sometimes inappropriately, will increase the risk of antimicrobial resistance developing.
The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) is a national clinical multi-disciplinary forum formed in March 2008 by the Scottish Government Health Department (SGHD) with representation from key stakeholders including all mainland Health Boards. The forum is hosted by the Scottish Medicines Consortium and its primary objective is to co-ordinate and deliver a national framework for antimicrobial stewardship to enhance the quality of antimicrobial prescribing and management in Scotland.
The information workstream of SAPG is being taken forward by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and Information Services Division (ISD) with the aim of developing standardised data on antimicrobial use and resistance.
Please note that two minor errors were found in the antimicrobial use analysis for the Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans report published on 30th August 2016. These are in the calculation of two age band denominators for 2015 data and a minor inflation of the Defined Daily Doses in acute hospital antimicrobial use in 2012 and subsequent comparison to 2015 figures. These errors and subsequent revisions will not affect the overall interpretation or conclusions drawn from the previously published data. A revised publication to correct these was released on 22nd November 2016 and should be referred to instead.
Principal Information Analyst (Antimicrobial Prescribing)
Tel: 0141 282 2124