Objectives: Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (ASP) have been developed for the spread of rational antibiotic use. Our hospital is one of the first centers where ASP applications were launched in Turkey. In this study, we aimed to share our experience with ASP which has been applied in our hospital since 2013.
Methods: We adapted ASP to our hospital program from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ASP checklist. Revisions on surgical prophylaxis guidelines and practices were performed. Surgical prophylaxis was evaluated from hospital infection surveillance and antibiotic usage by point prevalence surveys. Antibiotic consumption indexes (ACI) were calculated from hospital pharmacy records. Rapid antigen detection test (RADT) for Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus and influenza rapid antigen test were started to be used. Cumulative antibiotic susceptibility results were prepared annually.
Results: Surgical prophylaxis was started to be administered in the operating room within 60 min of incision. Third-generation cephalosporin usage for surgical prophylaxis could be restricted in all clinics but the duration could only be shortened in neurosurgery and general surgery. There was no statistically significant change in antibiotic usage rates and appropriateness between 2014 and 2018. ACI for the class J01 in adult wards was 80.5 daily defined doses (DDD) per 100 patient days in 2014 and reduced to 64.8 DDD per 100 patient days in 2018. 22.445 pediatric patients presenting with complaints of the upper respiratory tract were evaluated with RADT and 75.1% were treated without antibiotics.
Conclusion: In this global antimicrobial resistance era, all hospitals should have motivated antimicrobial stewardship teams. Each hospital should establish its own stewardship program and often revise it. Improvement in rational antibiotic use is hard to achieve without multidisciplinary involvement.
Keywords: Antibiotic stewardship program; antimicrobial resistance; rational antibiotic use.
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