UK’s NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has published a draft for the new guidance in order to support healthcare professionals in optimising antimicrobial prescribing for urinary tract infections (UTIs) and minimize the antimicrobial resistance. According to data published by Public Health England, antibiotic resistance in UTIs is common and the problem is increasing. In addition, surveillance has shown that more than a third of laboratory confirmed E.coli UTIs display resistance to many antibiotics. The NICE guidance will help in choosing appropriate antibiotic treatment for UTIs and also advises to culture and do susceptibility testing before selecting the most appropriate antibiotic for UTI treatment.
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