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Vancomycin Use in a Hospital With Vancomycin Restriction

  • Mary-Claire Roghmann (a1), Beulah E. Perdue (a1) and Louis Polish (a1)

We evaluated vancomycin use in a hospital with endemic vancomycin-resistant enterococci and a vancomycin restriction program. Only 68% of vancomycin was prescribed appropriately. Inappropriate use was due primarily to empirical therapy. In the patients with a microbiological diagnosis following empirical therapy, 83% (25/30) had infections due to bacteria sensitive to an appropriate antibiotic other than vancomycin. However, only 60% (15/25) of these patients had their vancomycin orders changed.

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Maryland Health Care System (BT111), 10 N Greene St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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