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Table 4 Appropriateness of antibiotic prescriptions in pre-ASP and post-ASP phases

From: An antibiotic stewardship program in a surgical ICU of a resource-limited country: financial impact with improved clinical outcomes

Parameters of appropriateness of antibiotic use Pre-ASP intervention (n = 123) (%) Post-ASP intervention (n = 125) (%) p value
Selection of right antibiotics to target pathogens 52 (42) 94 (75) < 0.01
Use of most optimum doses 30 (24) 109 (87) < 0.01
Blood levels concentration monitoring 15 (12) 100 (80) < 0.01
Drug-interactions 32 (26) 15 (12) < 0.01
De-escalation/discontinuation of antibiotics based on definitive diagnosis after 48-h 25 (20) 120 (96) < 0.01
  1. Single patient might appear in no, one or more than one parameter