Journal article

Urinary tract infections in Australian aged care homes: Antibiotic prescribing practices and concordance to national guidelines

Leslie Dowson, Noleen Bennett, Kirsty Buising, Caroline Marshall, N Deborah Friedman, Rhonda L Stuart, David CM Kong

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Since 2015 the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey has collected and reported data on antibiotic use in Australian aged care homes (ACHs) as part of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia project. The objective of this study was to analyze this data source with regards to prescribing for urinary tract infections (UTIs) to improve the use of antibiotics. METHODS: This cross-sectional study analyzed the 2016 and 2017 survey data. Antibiotic prescribing for urinary tract indications was compared with national guideline recommendations. RESULTS: A total of 662 antibiotic prescriptions from 247 ACH..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

The Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey is a project collaboration between the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, the Guidance Group, and the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre. Funding for the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey is partly provided by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care under the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia project. Leslie Dowson receives an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and its research are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (grant number APP1079625).