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A recent study has found that the use of antibiograms, which are based on information from microbiology laboratory tests to provide input on the likely effectiveness of a specific antibiotic to effectively treat an infection, could improve nursing home antibiotic effectiveness and help combat problems with antibiotic resistance.

Research has shown that a significant proportion of nursing facilities’ antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate and unlikely to treat the intended infection. However, the use of antibiograms in a facility improved accuracy in prescribing by 40%.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Antibiogram Use in LTC Facilities Could Improve
Antibiotic Use, Effectiveness

From a new study, researchers conclude that the use of antibiograms in skilled nursing facilities could improve antibiotic effectiveness and help address problems with antibiotic resistance, which are creating a national crisis.

Antibiograms are tools that aid health care practitioners in prescribing antibiotics in local populations, such as a hospital, nursing home, or in the community. They are based on information from microbiology laboratory tests and provide information on how likely a particular antibiotic is to effectively treat a specific infection.

The recent research, published by researchers from Oregon State University in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, pointed out that 85% of antibiotic prescriptions in the skilled nursing facility residents who were studied were made empirically, or without culture data to help determine what drug, if any, would be effective.

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