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

S Vergnano, Alasdair Bamford, S Bandi, F Chappel, A Demirjian, K Doerholt, M Emonts, L Ferreras-Antolin, A Goenka, L Jones, J A Herberg, L Hinds, O McGarrity, P Moriarty, S O'Riordan, M Patel, S Paulus, D Porter, K Stock, S Patel

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-740
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Issue number4
Early online date23 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2020

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