More than one-quarter of hospitalized children receiving antibiotics receive a suboptimal prescription, and almost half of suboptimal orders are not reviewed by an antimicrobial stewardship program, or ASP, according to data from 32 U.S. children’s hospitals.
“There is still room for improvement in optimizing antibiotic prescribing for hospitalized children,” Alison C. Tribble, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan, told Healio. “One-quarter of children receiving antibiotics in our study were receiving at least one suboptimally prescribed antibiotic. Almost two-thirds of suboptimal prescribing was due to overprescribing.”
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