JAC Antimicrob Resist. 2021 Sep 15;3(3):dlab135. doi: 10.1093/jacamr/dlab135. eCollection 2021 Sep.
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial stewardship describes the practice of promoting the selection of the right drug, dosage, delivery and duration of antimicrobial therapy (the 4Ds) in order to curtail the emergence of resistant organisms. It is important to quantify the inappropriate use of antimicrobials in terms of percentage adherence to each of the 4Ds mentioned.
METHODS: We undertook a prospective review of medical records of patients admitted to the medical wards of a tertiary care centre in North India. All patients on antimicrobials were included and their records reviewed for indication, drug, dose, delivery and duration (or by asking the treating physician if not documented). Adherence to the 4Ds was determined by referring to updated literature-based standard treatment guidelines (STGs) for each specific disease.
RESULTS: Of 304 patients, drugs were appropriate and matched STGs in 218 (72%) patients, with adherence to the right dose in 210 (69%), route of delivery in 216 (71%) and duration in 197 (65%). Full adherence to the 4Ds was observed in 196 (64.5%). Maximum adherence was observed in treating skin and soft tissue infections (100%), while minimum adherence was observed in administering medical prophylaxis (40%). WHO Access, Watch and Reserve categories comprised 29%, 63% and 8.5% of all prescribed antibiotics, respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: The right drug, dose, delivery and duration of therapy are prescribed in 72%, 69%, 71%, and 65% of patients, respectively. In order to increase the adherence to 100%, bedside stewardship practices in the form of prospective audits and feedback must be improved. There is a need to integrate WHO AWaRe classification of antibiotics into treatment guidelines.