Early experience with antimicrobial stewardship ward rounds at a tertiary referral hospital

Kelly A Cairns, Adam W J Jenney, Sushena Krishnaswamy, Michael J Dooley, Orla Morrissey, Sharon R Lewin and Allen C Cheng
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10809
Published online: 16 January 2012

To the Editor: Antimicrobial resistance has been identified as a major concern in Australia, particularly as few new antimicrobial agents are being developed.1 Studies suggest that up to half of antimicrobial agents prescribed in hospitals are inappropriate.2-4 Antimicrobial stewardship interventions, including dissemination of clinical guidelines and restrictions on antimicrobial formularies, may not be fully able to account for the complex indications for antimicrobial use in hospitalised patients.

  • Kelly A Cairns1
  • Adam W J Jenney1
  • Sushena Krishnaswamy1
  • Michael J Dooley1
  • Orla Morrissey1
  • Sharon R Lewin1
  • Allen C Cheng2

  • 1 Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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