5 Top Reasons Hospitals Misuse Antimicrobials

Seventy-three healthcare professionals identified five reasons antimicrobials are misused in healthcare facilities in a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Researchers surveyed acute-care facilities in Florida on antimicrobial stewardship programs. Seventy-three facilities identified the following perceptions as important or very important reasons for antimicrobial misuse, according to the study:

•    Lack of awareness and knowledge about antimicrobials and infections
•    Lack of buy-in to problems associated with the overuse of antimicrobials
•    Clinicians' fear of being sued for untreated infections
•    Misconception that antibiotics should be used every time a patient experiences a fever
•    Patient satisfaction

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