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June 27, 1977

Antibiotic Use at Duke University Medical Center

Author Affiliations

From the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (Ms Castle and Drs Wilfert, Cate, and Osterhout). Ms Castle is now with the Division of Infectious Disease in Department of Medicine of the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver. Dr Cate is now with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

JAMA. 1977;237(26):2819-2822. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270530027016
Abstract

A study of antibiotic use at Duke University Medical Center in June 1973 showed that 34.2% of all patients received antibiotics (43.6% surgical, 21.4% medical patients). Cephalothins were most frequently ordered for surgical patients, ampicillin sodium and penicillin G or penicillin V with potassium for other patients.

A retrospective analysis of 50 randomly selected patients, according to the Kunin's categories of use, showed 64% of total antibiotic therapy as not indicated or inappropriately administered in terms of drug or dosage.

These results are similar to previous reports of antibiotic surveillance and further establish the need for continuing education of prescribing physicians.

(JAMA 237:2819-2822, 1977)

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