Antibiotic resistance is spreading world-wide in an epidemic manner. It is responsible for increased morbidity and mortality and adds significant costs. Patient groups at special risk are children, the elderly, those with comorbidities and hospitalized patients in general. There is a trend, however, of spread of antibiotic resistance to the whole community.

Surveillance of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption are corner stones for control. is a comprehensive and representative surveillance system for antibiotic resistance and consumption in Switzerland.