Excessive use of vancomycin: a successful intervention strategy at an academic medical center

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2000 Jan;21(1):42-5. doi: 10.1086/501703.


The project goal was to decrease excessive vancomycin use. Interventions included an educational chart note the first day of therapy, followed by pharmacists discussing the need for continued therapy with patients' physicians. Empirical vancomycin use improved from 20% to 90% compliance with guidelines within 6 months of the intervention.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / standards
  • Adult
  • Drug Utilization Review*
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / standards
  • North Carolina
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Program Evaluation
  • Vancomycin / therapeutic use*
  • Vancomycin Resistance*


  • Vancomycin