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    Considering the great significance of antimicrobial resistance, implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in healthcare facilities is of particular importance. This study aimed to evaluate the compliance of imipenem and meropenem administration with the ASP guidelines in a referral teaching hospital in Iran. In this retrospective cross-sectional study, the medical records of patients, who received either imipenem or meropenem at xx Hospital in Semnan, Iran, from 21 March 2017 until 20 March 2019, were reviewed using the developed ASP, according to the instructions issued by the Ministry of Health of Iran. The obtained findings were recorded in a checklist consisted of six items. If the action taken for the patient complied with the item requirement specified in the ASP, it would receive a score of one; otherwise, a score of zero. The sum of scores (range: 0-6) was reported and analyzed. Data were analyzed in SPSS version 23, using Chi-square, ANOVA, and independent t-test, and P < 0.05 was considered as significant. The mean duration of imipenem/meropenem administration was 9.2 ± 8.0 days. A total of 6,032 imipenem/meropenem vials (1 g/vial) were prescribed during the study (meropenem for 210 patients and imipenem for 87 patients). In 64.2% of the patients, there was no indication, and the mean score of the subjects was 1.55 ± 1.2. The obtained score was three in 53 (17.8%) records and four in 18 (6.1%) records. The mean score of ASP in the intensive care units was higher, while it was lower in the surgical ward as compared to the other wards (P = 0.002). Antibiotic prescription was inappropriate in our center, and compliance with the ASP guidelines was very low, especially in the surgical wards. It seems necessary to take effective steps for planning continuing education programs on rational antibiotic prescription and supervision of prescription patterns.


    Kobra Bahrampour Juybari, Vaice Vosooghi, Mehrdad Zahmatkesh, Majid Mirmohammadkhani, Fatemeh Paknazar. Compliance of imipenem and meropenem administration with the national antimicrobial stewardship program in a referral teaching hospital in Iran. Hospital practice (1995). 2022 Feb;50(1):49-54

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