Reduction of unnecessary antibiotic days in a level IV neonatal intensive care unit
Antibiotics are widely prescribed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and duration of prescription is varied. We sought to decrease unnecessary antibiotic days for the most common indications in our outborn level IV NICU by 20% within 1 year.
A multidisciplinary antibiotic stewardship team coupled with a consensus for antibiotic therapy duration, prescriber justification of antibiotic necessity and use of antibiotic stop dates can effectively reduce unnecessary antibiotic exposure in the NICU.
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