A point prevalence survey of antibiotic prescriptions: benchmarking and patterns of use

Mamoon A. Aldeyab, Mary P. Kearney, James C. McElnay, Fidelma A. Magee, Geraldine Conlon, Dianne Gill, Peter Davey, Arno Muller, Herman Goossens, Michael G. Scott

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AIM The aim of the study was to assess current patterns of antibiotic prescribing and the impact of a hospital antibiotic policy on these practices.METHODS The study involved collecting information regarding hospitalized patients utilizing the ESAC audit tool.RESULTS In the study site hospital, the use of the restricted agents was low whilst the use of the non-restricted agents was high. Compliance with the hospital antibiotic guidelines was 70%.DISCUSSION The findings identified monitoring non-restricted antibiotics and compliance with guidelines as targets for quality improvements in our hospital. Point prevalence surveys may offer a simple method of monitoring antibiotic policies, thus, informing antibiotic stewardship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-296
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number2
Early online date29 Oct 2010
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


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