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At least one resident in 644 long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in the UK was taking an antibiotic, a Boots UK survey reveals.

The study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy last week, analysed data collected from 17,909 LTCFs’ residents across the UK. The survey was conducted by community pharmacists when they carried out visits to LTCFs between November 13 and December 12, 2017.

According to the survey results, Amoxicillin, nitrofurantoin and trimethoprim accounted for half of the antibiotics used. The mean percentage of residents in LTCFs on antibiotics on the day of the visit was 6.3 per cent in England, 7.6 per cent in Northern Ireland, 8.6 per cent in Wales and 9.6 per cent in Scotland.

The percentage of antibiotics prescribed for prophylactic use was 25.3 per cent. Antibiotic-related training was reported as available for 6.8 percent LTCFs staff. More than seven percent of LTCFs reported the use of a catheter passport scheme.

“There is a role for pharmacy teams working collaboratively within the LTCF environment providing a greater focus on antimicrobial stewardship, supporting the national ambition to reduce inappropriate prescribing by 50 per cent by 2021,” the report added.