Protocol decreases broad-spectrum antibiotic use in patients with sepsis

  28 June 2019

A new protocol implemented to treat patients with sepsis reduced the time that they were on broad-spectrum antibiotics, decreased their length of stay and saved a hospital in Pennsylvania over $300,000 in 4 months, according to findings presented at the conference for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control Epidemiology.

The interdisciplinary approach involved using a rapid blood culture test to identify the bacteria causing a patient’s infection and immediately consulting with a pharmacist, who made recommendations on how to manage or readjust previously prescribed antibiotic regimens.

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