Journal article

The 2018 Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey: results show room for improvement

Leslie Dowson, Arjun Rajkhowa, Kirsty Buising, David CM Kong, Rhonda L Stuart, Karin Thursky, Noleen Bennett



The annual Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey aims to identify local and national prescribing issues and guide antimicrobial stewardship goals In the 2018 point prevalence survey, medication charts of over 20,000 residents were reviewed from 407 participating facilities across Australia On the day of the survey, almost 10% of residents were prescribed an antimicrobial Nearly two-thirds of recently prescribed antimicrobials were for residents who had no documented signs or symptoms of infection Over a quarter of antimicrobials had been prescribed for longer than six months Incomplete documentation was a prominent barrier to proper review of antimicrobial therapy, with th..

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Funding Acknowledgements

David Kong has sat on advisory boards for Becton Dickinson and MSD, and has received financial travel support from MSD, all of which was unrelated to the current work.The Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey is coordinated by the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship in partnership with the Guidance Group (Melbourne Health) and the VICNISS Coordinating Centre (Melbourne Health). It is supported by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care as part of the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia project.