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Dynamics of Antibiotic Usage in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies

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159–64
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A cross-sectional, analytical study of antibiotic usage patterns at the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies was conducted on consecutive admissions between July and December 2007. Areas for improvement identified included attention to appropriate prophylactic antibiotic use and duration of courses, and use of de-escalation.

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Objective: To determine antibiotic usage patterns in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

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e-Published: 02 Oct, 2013

A Survey of Physicians’ Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at the University Hospital of the West Indies

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165–70
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Most physicians considered antibiotic resistance an extremely important problem globally, but less so nationally. Contributory factors were correctly identified, but antibiotic prescribing practice did not incorporate measures to reduce resistance. Hand-washing was not considered to be important in reducing resistance and de-escalation to narrow spectrum antibiotics when appropriate was not a regular practice.

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Objective: To identify physicians’ knowledge and attitudes regarding antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic prescribing practices at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

Methods: A cross-sectional survey of physicians at the UHWI was conducted between September 2008 and April 2009 using a 28-item, self-administered questionnaire. Eligible physicians from several specialities were identified from departmental rotas.

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e-Published: 02 Oct, 2013
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