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Table 3 Characteristics of 313 AST audits with one or more recommendations

From: Implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program on the medical-surgical service of a 100-bed community hospital

Recommendation category Number of audits Implemented recommendations Implementation rate (%)
All 313 234 75
Discontinue all agent(s) 115 85 74
De-escalatea 65 53 82
Limit durationb 21 13 62
Consult infectious diseases 19 16 84
Optimize dose 14 7 50
Broaden c 5 3 60
Convert parenteral to orald 3 3 100
More than 1 category 71 54 76
  1. NOTE:
  2. a - Discontinuation of one or more agent(s) and/or substitution of alternate agent(s) with decreased spectrum of activity.
  3. b - Limit duration for same agent(s) at same dose, route and schedule.
  4. c - Addition of one or more agent(s) and/or substitution of alternate agent(s) with increased spectrum of activity.
  5. d - Parenteral to oral conversion(s) of same agent(s) at same dose and schedule.