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An Evaluation of Antibiotic Prescribing Practices Upon Hospital Discharge

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 November 2016

Sarah J. Scarpato*
Affiliation:
Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Daniel R. Timko
Affiliation:
Pharmacy Department, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Valerie C. Cluzet
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jillian P. Dougherty
Affiliation:
Pharmacy Department, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jonathan J. Nunez
Affiliation:
Philadelphia FIGHT, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Neil O. Fishman
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Keith W. Hamilton
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
*
Address correspondence to Sarah J. Scarpato, MD, 3400 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (sarah.scarpato@uphs.upenn.edu).

Abstract

We conducted a retrospective study of the appropriateness of antimicrobial agents prescribed on discharge from an acute care hospital. Seventy percent of discharge antibiotics were inappropriate in antibiotic drug choice, dose, or duration. Our findings suggest there is a significant need for antimicrobial stewardship at transitions in care.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:353–355

Type
Concise Communications
Copyright
© 2016 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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