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Antimicrobial Stewardship at Transition of Care from Hospital to Community

Nabin K. Shrestha MD MPH, Archana Bhaskaran MD, Nikole M. Scalera MD MS, Steven K. Schmitt MD, Susan J. Rehm MD and Steven M. Gordon MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 33, No. 4, Special Topic Issue: Antimicrobial Stewardship (April 2012), pp. 401-404
DOI: 10.1086/664758
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/664758
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Abstract

Mandatory infectious disease consultation for parenteral antimicrobials at hospital discharge resulted in avoiding postdischarge parenteral antimicrobials in 28% of patients. No emergency department visit or rehospitalization within 30 days for these patients was a consequence of parenteral antimicrobial avoidance. Antimicrobial stewardship at transition of care is effective in reducing unnecessary antimicrobial use.

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