Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics results in antibiotic resistant bacteria, increase in overall healthcare costs, and adverse drug events. Among infections of patients in long term care facilities, urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, and skin and soft tissue infections are the most commonly encountered. The goals of this project are to evaluate adherence to the treatment pathways for urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and skin and soft tissue infections and determine outcomes of patients when these pathways are followed or not followed.
Methods: A retrospective chart review of patients receiving one or more antibiotics in the nursing home or CLC between January 1, 2018 and July 1, 2018 will be conducted. Antibiotic use will be compared with our local infectious disease treatment pathways. The following data will be collected: patient age, gender, weight, height, serum creatinine, antibiotic cultures, disease states, and antibiotic agent, dose and administration frequency. Data related to symptoms associated with infection, presence or absence of recurrent infection, and adverse drug events will be also be collected and analyzed. Results of this study will be used to determine adherence to treatment pathways and any associated clinical outcomes.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Megan Ooms– PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Albany Stratton VAMC, Rensselaer, NY