Promoting antibiotic stewardship in NHS Lothian

Infectious Diseases and Microbioloy

Antibiotics are a fantastic resource, but we must recognise that unless we use them correctly, their activity against pathogens will reduce. It is our responsibility to use these drugs appropriately.


Gentamicin guidance

Inpatient guidelines currently rely heavily on gentamicin – an antibiotic with the potential for serious side effects which requires special care in prescribing. You can get full guidance on this and all aspects of antibiotic prescribing at the Antimicrobial Management Team home page.

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Vancomycin guidance

The NHS Lothian Vancomycin calculator has changed (January 2021).

This revised calculator and prescribing guidance has been shown, in clinical use in orthopaedics, to get patients to therapeutic levels, when aiming for 15-20 mg/l, more rapidly. The training materials have been revised.

Updates include:

  • Choice of trough target levels – choosing target trough level of 15-20 mg/L will result in one band higher being recommended for maintenance dosing

  • Infusion rate provided – to reduce the risks seen with administration of vancomycin

  • Recommended time of administration for maintenance dose – this has been chosen to reduce overnight administration where possible

  • Missed dose guidance – further information provided about what to do if a dose is not given at the prescribed administration time

  • Dose adjustment guidance based on levels – further information provided about what to do if the trough levels are not in the required rang

Download the question sheet for the case studies here, complete it and send it back to the antimicrobial stewardship team and they will send you a certificate of completion!

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The Regional Infectious Disease Unit at the Western General Hospital

RIDU: The Role of the Infectious Diseases Unit

An introduction to the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit