An Evaluation of Antibiotic Prescribing Practices Upon Hospital Discharge

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 Mar;38(3):353-355. doi: 10.1017/ice.2016.276. Epub 2016 Nov 28.


We conducted a retrospective study of the appropriateness of antimicrobial agents prescribed on discharge from an acute care hospital. Seventy percent of discharge antibiotics were inappropriate in antibiotic drug choice, dose, or duration. Our findings suggest there is a significant need for antimicrobial stewardship at transitions in care. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:353-355.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Fluoroquinolones / therapeutic use
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Inappropriate Prescribing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Readmission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pennsylvania
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Fluoroquinolones