Point prevalence survey of antimicrobial utilization in oncology patients
Introduction: Point prevalence surveys have been used internationally to characterize the use of antimicrobial agents. The primary objective of this study was to determine prevalence of antimicrobial use in the oncology population in Qatar.
Methodology: Data was collected from the National Center for Cancer Care and Research hospital over 3 separate days during a two week period. Adults admitted on the day of audit were included.
Results: Prevalence of antimicrobial use during the audit was 43% (25/58). The most commonly prescribed class of antimicrobial agents was penicillin/Beta-lactamase inhibitor combinations 39.4% (13/33).
Conclusions: Findings demonstrate frequent antimicrobial consumption of broad spectrum antimicrobial agents which highlights the importance of expanding antimicrobial stewardship programs in this population.
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