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    Formal antibiotic stewardship programs work in children’s hospitals

     

    Before 2007, a select subset of antibiotics, which included IV vancomycin, carbapenems (meropenem, imipenem, and ertapenem), and linezolid, was used at a similar rate in children’s hospitals with and without ASPs. After the ISDA released its guidelines, children’s hospitals with ASPs did reduce their use of select antibiotics by 4% or an average of 110 days of therapy/1000 patient days. In children’s hospitals without ASPs, the average use remained steady from 114 days of therapy/1000 patient days, before 2007, to 115 days of therapy/1000 patient days, after 2007.

    “Our findings suggest that the development of a formalized stewardship program, defined to include commitment of financial resources for personnel, translates into declines in antibiotic use that are above and beyond those achieved without similar investment,” Hersh and his colleagues explained.

    Julia Talsma, Content Channel Director
    Julia Talsma is lead editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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