Improvement in prescribing habits and economic outcomes associated with the introduction of a standardized approach for surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis

Elizabeth D. Hermsen, Sara Smith Shull, Susan E. Puumala, Mark E. Rupp

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Abstract

A quasi-experimental before-after study was conducted to determine the impact on prescribing habits and economic outcomes of an intervention that required use of an order form for surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis. Implementation of this intervention improved compliance with guidelines for prevention of surgical site infections, particularly with respect to choice of antibiotic, duration of use, and dosage, and resulted in decreased cost of surgical prophylaxis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-461
Number of pages5
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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