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The objective of our study was to assess the good use of fluoroquinolone (FQ) in a French teaching hospital by a two round relevance review before and after proposal for better use of FQ prescriptions. The relevance of FQ prescription according to regional guidelines was assessed using a standard card filled out retrospectively by physicians in the 3 previous months, in volunteer hospital wards. Then, two experts checked the relevance of prescriptions according to the regional antibiotherapy guidelines, a book called "Antibioguide", and determined a therapeutic index of adequacy for each card. The first survey (R1) took place in January 2008. The second survey (R2) took place in June 2009 to evaluate the impact of corrective measures, adopted at a meeting of the regional antibiotics commission in January 2009. Physicians in 18 wards completed 475 cards in R1 and physicians in 16 wards completed 263 in R2. The inappropriateness of FQ indication was significantly improved by 57% (P<0.001) between the two rounds and the rate of adequate cards was 33% in R1 and 55% in R2, giving an improvement of 66% (P<0.001). The improvement of FQ prescriptions and observance of guidelines demonstrate the importance of assessing the state of things before introducing corrective actions. "Antibioguide" was updated at the end of this study. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.


L Rughoo, T Doco-Lecompte, S Henard, C Burty, E Desmots, L Letranchant, C Rabaud, T May, B Demoré. Relevance of fluoroquinolone use in a French teaching hospital. Médecine et maladies infectieuses. 2012 Dec;42(12):608-14

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