Study: Online Antimicrobial Stewardship Reduces Doses, Cost

An Internet-based preapproval antimicrobial stewardship program can effectively reduce both the number of doses and the subsequent costs of restricted antimicrobials, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Researchers reviewed all doses and charges of antimicrobials dispensed to patients at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimoreover a six-year study period (2005-2011).

The results show that while restricted antimicrobials accounted for 26 percent of total doses, they accounted for 81 percent of total costs. The implementation of an Internet-based preapproval antimicrobial stewardship program, with an average approval rate of 91.5 percent, saved the facility $103,787 per year.  

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