Paediatric antimicrobial stewardship programmes in the UK's regional children's hospitals

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  • External authors:
  • S Vergnano
  • S Bandi
  • F Chappel
  • A Demirjian
  • K Doerholt
  • M Emonts
  • L F Antolin
  • L Jones
  • J Herberg
  • L Hinds
  • O McGarrity
  • P Moriarty
  • S O'Riordan
  • M Patel
  • S Paulus
  • D Porter
  • K Stock
  • S Patel

Abstract

A survey was conducted in UK regional children's hospitals with paediatric intensive care and paediatric infectious disease (PID) departments to describe the characteristics of paediatric antimicrobial stewardship (PAS) programmes. A structured questionnaire was sent to PAS coordinators. 'Audit and feedback' was implemented in 13 out of 17 centres. Microbiology-led services were more likely to implement antimicrobial restriction (75% vs 33% in PID-led services), to focus on broad-spectrum antibiotics, and to review patients with positive blood cultures. PID-led services were more likely to identify patients from e-prescribing or drug charts and review all antimicrobials. A PAS network has been established.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Early online date23 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2020