McLaughlin, C.M. and Bodasing, N. and Boyter, A.C. and Fenelon, C. and Fox, J.G. and Seaton, A.V. (2005) Pharmacy-implemented guidelines on switching from intravenous to oral antibiotics: an intervention study. Quarterly Journal of Medicine, 98 (10). pp. 745-752. ISSN 1460-2725Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
A high proportion of medical in-patients in the UK receive intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy. This may be inappropriate in non-severe infections, or unnecessarily prolonged. Data relating to infection and antibiotic therapy were collected for 4 weeks pre-intervention (group 1) and 4 weeks post intervention (group 2). Six months later, data were collected for a further 4 weeks following a second intervention (group 3). Interventions consisted of pharmacy-led implementation of guidelines incorporating criteria for IV therapy and switching to the oral route. The second intervention also included pharmacy-initiated feedback on prescribing. The main outcome measures were IV antibiotic duration, and appropriateness of the IV route and switching.
|Keywords:||Pharmacy guidelines, intravenous medication, oral antibiotics, study, Therapeutics. Pharmacology|
|Subjects:||Medicine > Therapeutics. Pharmacology|
|Department:||Faculty of Science > Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||25 Sep 2007|
|Last modified:||08 Jul 2016 02:17|