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Selective reporting of fluoroquinolone susceptibility as a stewardship measure is of marginal benefit

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 April 2020

Geraldine Foo Ting Ting
Affiliation:
Department of Pharmacy, National University Health System, Singapore
Ka Lip Chew
Affiliation:
Department of Laboratory Medicine, National University Health System, Singapore
Xier Emily Yeo
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, National University Health System, Singapore
Roland Jureen
Affiliation:
Department of Laboratory Medicine, National University Health System, Singapore
Dale Fisher
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, National University Health System, Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Natasha Bagdasarian*
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, National University Health System, Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
*
Author for correspondence: Natasha Bagdasarian, E-mail: natasha_bagdasarian@nuhs.edu.sg

Abstract

A retrospective time series analysis was conducted to compare inpatient fluoroquinolone use when susceptibilities were masked and after susceptibilities were unmasked. Although inappropriate culture-directed prescriptions increased, overall fluoroquinolone usage decreased. Culture-directed therapy was a small part of fluoroquinolone usage; hence, efforts should target empiric use to reduce overall consumption.

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© 2020 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved.

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