A multicentre point prevalence survey (PPS) of antimicrobial use amongst admitted patients in tertiary care centres in India
Data from point prevalence surveys (PPSs) in India are scarce. Conducting PPSs is especially challenging in the absence of electronic medical records, a lack of dedicated resources and a high patient load in resource-poor settings. This multicentre survey was conducted to provide background data for planning and strengthening antimicrobial stewardship programmes across the country.
The survey demonstrated a high use of antimicrobials in admitted patients with a considerable proportion of drugs from the ‘Watch’ category. The targets for interventions that emerged from the survey were: improving surgical prophylaxis, decreasing double anaerobic cover, initiating culture of sending cultures and de-escalation with targeted therapy.
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