Vancomycin use in a large teaching hospital in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran, 2003
AbstractWe investigated adherence to the Hospital Infection Control Practice Advisory Committee [HICPAC] guidelines on vancomycin prescription in a large university-affiliated hospital in Shiraz. From August to December 2003, 200 hospitalized patients received vancomycin. For only 12 [6%] of these patients was vancomycin prescribed appropriately according to HICPAC guidelines. The main reasons why vancomycin use did not comply with HICPAC recommendations were: surgical prophylaxis in patients with negative cultures for resistant Gram-positive organisms, no investigation of vancomycin serum levels in patients receiving > 48 hours of vancomycin, vancomycin serum levels not repeated in patients receiving > 1 week of vancomycin, no appropriate adjustment of dosage with respect to serum levels in patients receiving vancomycin
Askarian, M., Assadian, O., Safaee, GhR., Golkar, A., Namazi, S. et al. (2007). Vancomycin use in a large teaching hospital in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran, 2003. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117366
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 13 (5), 1195-1201, 2007
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