Journal article

Antibiotic use in children hospitalised with pneumonia in Central Vietnam

Phuong TK Nguyen, Hoang T Tran, Dominic A Fitzgerald, Steve M Graham, Ben J Marais

Archives of Disease in Childhood | BMJ | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background and objectives: Excessive use of antibiotics has been noted in children with respiratory tract infections in Vietnam, but antibiotic use in hospitalised children is poorly documented. Antibiotic use and direct healthcare costs in children hospitalised with pneumonia in central Vietnam were assessed. Methods: A prospective descriptive study of children under 5 years old admitted with a primary admission diagnosis of ’pneumonia’ to the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children over 1 year. Results: Of 2911 children hospitalised with pneumonia, 2735 (94.0%) were classified as ’non-severe’ pneumonia by the admitting physician. In total, 2853 (98.0%) children received antibiotics. In..

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