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Why do we need to reduce antibiotic use?

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious infections caused by bacteria. Unfortunately, the more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the more likely they are to become resistant.


What does the ARK Programme involve?

ARK is developing and testing a package of strategies – the ‘Antibiotic Review Kit’ – to help doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients stop antibiotics in hospital when they are no longer needed.


The ARK Clinical Study

The Antibiotic Review Kit was first introduced at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton in April 2017, where we conducted a feasibility study to understand how it is used in practice and what effect it has. Further pilot sites are starting to introduce it from September 2017,


ARK is an independent research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Programme Grants for Applied Research, Antibiotic Reduction and Conservation in Hospitals (ARK-Hospital), RP-PG-0514-20015).

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