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Journal Article Highlight!
This retrospective, quasi experimental study evaluated vancomycin use after the implementation of two sequential interventions; pharmacy driven MRSA nasal swab ordering protocol and 72 hour vancomycin approval process. The SAAR for antibacterial agents for resistant gram-positive infections decreased after the nasal swab protocol 1.26 to 1.13 and subsequently declined to 0.96 after implementation of 72-hour approval process. Additionally, vancomycin utilization declined from 138.9 to 125.3 days after implementation of nasal swab protocol and further declined to 112.7 days after implementation of 72-hour approval.
Impact of the sequential implementation of a pharmacy-driven methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal-swab ordering policy and vancomycin 72-hour restriction protocol on standardized antibiotic administration ratio (SAAR) data for antibiotics used for resistant gram-positive infections | Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology | Cambridge Core - https://bit.ly/3LnICmo #InfectionControl#InfectionPrevention#Healthcare#NEASAP#NEICAP