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Variability in Vancomycin Use in Newborn Intensive Care Units Determined From Data in an Electronic Medical Record

Cody Arnold MDMSc, Reese Clark MD, Jaclyn Bosco MPH, Craig Shoemaker MD and Alan R. Spitzer MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 7 (July 2008), pp. 667-670
DOI: 10.1086/588589
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/588589
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Variability in Vancomycin Use in Newborn Intensive Care Units Determined From Data in an Electronic Medical Record
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Abstract

Data from an electronic medical record were used to demonstrate a large variation in the proportion of patients treated with vancomycin in 56 newborn intensive care units, which ranged from 18% to 70% . Use of oxacillin or nafcillin instead of vancomycin was rare during the first few years of the study period but was routine in 13% of the newborn intensive care units during the last few years of the study period. The use of electronic medical record data for studies of antibiotic use is discussed here.

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