Antimicrobial use in long-term-care facilities

L. E. Nicolle, D. Bentley, R. Garibaldi, E. Neuhaus, P. Smith, K. Crossley, B. Nurse, L. Strausbaugh, L. Thrupp

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Abstract

There is intense antimicrobial use in long-term-care facilities (LTCF), and studies repeatedly document that much of this use is inappropriate. The current crisis in antimicrobial resistance, which encompasses the LTCF, heightens concerns of antimicrobial use. Attempts to improve antimicrobial use in the LTCF are complicated by characteristics of the patient population, limited availability of diagnostic tests, and virtual absence of relevant clinical trials. This article recommends approaches to management of common LTCF infections and proposes minimal standards for an antimicrobial review program. In developing these recommendations, the article acknowledges the unique aspects of provision of care in the LTCF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-128
Number of pages10
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1996

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