Prescription appropriateness of empiric antibiotic therapy: survey in the internal medicine departments of the Emilia Romagna region

Submitted: 16 May 2013
Accepted: 1 August 2013
Published: 8 May 2014
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The article reports the results of an observational study conducted in 53 internal medicine departments of the Emilia Romagna region based on the answers to 54 questions administered in a questionnaire, submitted electronically, based on the type of center (large >250 beds, small <250 beds), laboratory equipment, management aspects, pharmacological and clinical/economic aspects and use of antibiotics in the empirical treatment of severe infections. The result is a snapshot of the existing situation which shows a substantial availability of resources and a good level of expertise in the field of infectious disease management, despite some areas still need improvement. It also highlights some differences in terms of procedures amongst large hospitals, where infectious diseases are treated by an ad hoc specialized staff, and the small ones, where the internist is generally involved, being responsible for both direct management of severe infections and giving advice to other departments (emergency or surgery). It emerged that, both in small and large hospitals, more discussion and continuous assessment are needed to apply the appropriate protocols based on reference checklists.

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Pedretti, G., Giuri, P. G., Chesi, G., Civardi, G., Dall’Asta, G., Giorgi Pierfranceschi, M., Cioni, G., & Emilia Romagna, for the S. C. F. (2014). Prescription appropriateness of empiric antibiotic therapy: survey in the internal medicine departments of the Emilia Romagna region. Italian Journal of Medicine, 8(2), 110–116. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2014.386

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