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Excessive Use of Vancomycin: A Successful Intervention Strategy at an Academic Medical Center
Carol Dukes Hamilton , MD, Richard Drew , RPh, MS, Stephen W. Janning , PharmD, Joanne Kure Latour , PharmD and Shelly Hayward , PharmD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 21, No. 1 (January 2000), pp. 42-45
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501703
Page Count: 4
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ABSTRACT The project goal was to decrease excessive vancomycin use. Interventions included an educational chart note the first day of therapy, followed by pharmacists discussing the need for continued therapy with patients’ physicians. Empirical vancomycin use improved from 20% to 90% compliance with guidelines within 6 months of the intervention.
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