Updated advice on COVID-19

With the evolving COVID-19 situation and increasing admissions to hospital SAPG has worked with Antimicrobial Team Leads to update advice issued earlier in the pandemic.

The hospital advice and response to NICE pneumonia guidance have been combined to create updated advice for hospital practice to reflect the evolving evidence base.

The advice on use of antibiotics in frail older people has also been updated and expanded to apply to all patients in the community and to note new treatments that may be used.

Advice on community respiratory infections and COVID-19

Advice on hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship COVID-19

SAPG coordinated a point prevalence survey of antibiotics use across hospitals in eight health boards in April 2020 to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on antimicrobial stewardship. An initial paper on this work has now been published:

Survey of antibiotic and antifungal prescribing in patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 in Scottish hospitals 

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