FGDP(UK) publishes new standards book

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) launched its new standards book, Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners, at the British Dental Conference.

Speaking at the launch, dean of the FGDP(UK) Russ Ladwa said: ‘This is a very timely book. I was at a talk this morning on the non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, where the speaker talked about the over-prescription and misuse of antimicrobials.

‘As a profession we need to ensure that antimicrobials are only prescribed when necessary and in the right dosage.’

As well as being an essential reference tool, Mr Ladwa also said that the book provided practitioners with a useful opportunity to review how they work: ‘As a practitioner for over 30 years I found through reading this book at least three changes I need to make when prescribing.’

Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners is an important standards book from the FGDP(UK), designed to help general dental practitioners with prescribing antimicrobial agents.

This book expands on and updates guidance provided in the previous book (Adult Antimicrobial Prescribing in General Dental Practice) including for the first time, dosage recommendations for children.

The authors have reviewed all of the available data and guidance, and consulted widely with professional bodies and specialist groups to provide a consensus on best clinical practice. The guidance gives clear, simple and practical advice on when to prescribe, what to prescribe, for how long and in what dose.

Editor Nikolaus Palmer said: ‘This book was produced to complement the BNF and provide general dental practitioners with an ‘in surgery’ easy to read evidence based guide on the management of dental infections. The authors hope that the advice provided in the document will promote appropriate antimicrobial prescribing in primary care and improve the standards of patient care.’

FGDP(UK) standards are viewed by many bodies including regulators and indemnifiers as the definitive guides to good practice in dentistry.

It’s believed this 2012 edition will prove to be an invaluable asset to any dentist’s library.

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