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Application of an antibiotic spectrum index in the neonatal intensive care unit

  • Alexandra C. Lahart (a1), Christopher C. McPherson (a1), Jeffrey S. Gerber (a2) (a3), Barbara B. Warner (a1), Brian R. Lee (a4) and Jason G. Newland (a5)...

Abstract

Antimicrobial stewardship programs typically use days of therapy to assess antimicrobial use. However, this metric does not account for the antimicrobial spectrum of activity. We applied an antibiotic spectrum index to a population of very-low-birth-weight infants to assess its utility to evaluate the impact of antimicrobial stewardship interventions.

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Author for correspondence: Alexandra C. Lahart, Division of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, 1 Children’s Place, St Louis, MO 63110. Email: alahart@wustl.edu

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