Antimicrobial stewardship opportunities among inpatients with diabetic foot infections: microbiology results from a tertiary hospital multidisciplinary unit
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Authors: Hand R, Manning L, Ritter JC, Norman P, Lamb L, Makepeace A, Sankhesara D, Hamilton E, Ingram P
Publication: Internal medicine journal
Among 125 inpatients with diabetic foot infections managed by a multidisciplinary foot ulcer unit, knowledge of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonisation status assisted decision-making to prescribe appropriately or with-hold empiric anti-methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus therapy. Despite adherence to national guidelines, apparent overuse of anti-pseudomonal therapy was frequent, providing potential antimicrobial stewardship opportunities.