Antimicrobial Handbook


The Nova Scotia Health Authority Antimicrobial Handbook is a collaboration of the NSHA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the NSHA Antimicrobial Subcommittee. We would like to thank all of those who have contributed to this project. 
The purpose is to provide expert guidance for treating infectious syndromes and using antimicrobials appropriately. This handbook has been developed by expanding on the 2012 Capital Health Antimicrobial Handbook. Topics will be added and updated regularly as needed.
By combining local epidemiology and resistance patterns, this project will tailor guidelines from expert societies for our patient population. We hope the Handbook will be a guide for prescribers and healthcare workers throughout NSHA.

Terms and Conditions

These recommendations are evidence informed and incorporate local expert opinion, but thorough literature reviews were not performed. We have sought multidisciplinary stakeholder feedback for each topic. These guidelines cannot replace clinical judgment and unique patient situations. Physicians and other healthcare workers must use their own discretion in applying this information to individual patient care. 
Should there be any concerns or questions, we ask that you contact the NSHA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

You can download a .pdf of the 2012 Antimicrobial Handbook HERE

The following sections of the handbook have been updated:

Asymptomatic Bacteriuria (ASB)

C Difficile Infection


Cystitis (uncomplicated)


Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia