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Whilst studies have shown that antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs) can effectively reduce antibiotic utilisation, cost of care and even antimicrobial resistance rates, ASPs should avoid the perception that the goal is primarily to reduce antibiotic purchases and costs, instead of focusing on improving the quality of care. In addition, to address the(More)
As data on procalcitonin utility in antibiotics discontinuation [under an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP)] in patients with malignancies are lacking, we aimed to evaluate the utility of procalcitonin in an ASP in patients with malignancies. We conducted a retrospective review of the ASP database of all patients with malignancies in whom at least one(More)
Clinicians have used procalcitonin (PCT) (biomarker to differentiate bacterial from non-bacterial sepsis) to guide use of antibiotics in patients. As the data for utility of PCT to discontinue antibiotics in an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) are lacking, we aim to describe the outcomes of patients in whom PCT was used to discontinue antibiotics(More)
BACKGROUND In view of high mortality and morbidity rates associated with vascular access-associated bloodstream infection (VAABSI) in hemodialysis patients, clinical practice guidelines recommend empiric antibiotic therapy for suspected vascular access-related infections. We aim to describe the microbiology of confirmed VAABSI and evaluate the choice of(More)
Antimicrobial stewardship programme (ASP) methodologies are not well defined, with most preferring to wait ≥72-96 h following antibiotic prescription before reviewing patients. However, we hypothesise that early ASP reviews and interventions are beneficial and do not adversely impact patient safety. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of early ASP(More)
INTRODUCTION Acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSIs) are among the most common infections treated in hospitals, but to date, there has been little information with regards to the implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) for patients with ABSSSIs. Hence, we aim to evaluate the impact of ASPs on the following outcomes(More)
Polymyxins have emerged as a last-resort treatment of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Gram-negative Bacillus (GNB) infections, which present a growing threat. Individualized polymyxin-based antibiotic combinations selected on the basis of the results of in vitro combination testing may be required to optimize therapy. A retrospective cohort study of(More)
Patients with chronic kidney disease have increased risk of infections. Thus, physicians may favour prolonged broad-spectrum antibiotic use. Studies focused on antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs) in renal patients are currently lacking. Here we describe the role of a multidisciplinary ASP and the impact of ASP interventions in renal patients. A(More)