Assessing the Effectiveness of Antibiotic Therapy Against Common Gram-Negative Bacteria in a Saudi Arabian Hospital Using the Drug Resistance Index
Assessing the effectiveness of antibiotics and communicating the problem of resistance are essential when devising antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in hospital settings. The Drug Resistance Index (DRI) is a useful tool that combines antibiotic consumption and bacterial resistance into a single measure. In this study, we used the DRI to assess the impact of introducing a new antibiotic restriction form on antibiotic effectiveness for the treatment of Gram-negative infections in the intensive care unit (ICU).
The DRI is a useful tool for tracking the effectiveness of antibiotics over time. The results of our study are significant in the way that it highlights the importance of having an effective antibiotic stewardship program in healthcare settings and regular feedback of antibiotic consumption data to the stakeholders to keep the antibiotic prescriptions in check, thereby ensuring their sustained effectiveness.
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