Journal article

Topical antimicrobial prescribing patterns in residents of Australian aged-care facilities: use of a national point prevalence survey to identify opportunities for quality improvement

Noleen Bennett, Katherine Walker, Kirsty Buising, Ron Cheah, Xin Fang, Robyn Ingram, Rodney James, Michael J Malloy, Karin Thursky, Leon J Worth

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Australian residential aged care facilities (RACFs) are encouraged to participate in an annual Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey. This data source was analysed to describe patterns of topical antimicrobial prescribing and thereby provide insight into antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) changes that might be required. METHODS: 2018 and 2019 survey data was analysed. RESULTS: The overall prevalence of the 52,431 audited residents (629 facilities) who were prescribed 1 or more topical antimicrobials was 2.9%. Of all prescribed antimicrobials (n=4899), 33.0% were for topical application. Most frequently prescribed topical antifungals were clotrimazole (85.3%) and micona..

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