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Table 5 Antibiotics stewardship programme (ASP) related cost breakdown 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

Variable Pre-ASP intervention Post-ASP intervention
Unit cost (US$) Quantity Total cost (US$) Unit cost (US$) Quantity Total cost (US$)
Direct cost
 Physician cost (hours)    
  Education
  Consultation
  Feedback
    25 180 4500
 Microbiologist cost (hours)    
  Data collection
  Susceptibility reporting
    12 90 1080
 Pharmacist cost (hours)    
  Data collection and analysis
  Interventions
    5 215 1075
 Administrative cost for ASP designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating (hours) 30 50 1500
Indirect cost
 Pharmacy time (hours)
  Pharmacist order processing 3 200 600 3 80 240
  Technician (preparation and dispensing 2 400 800 2 190 380
 Medication administration nurses time (hours) 2.5 750 1875 2.5 396 990
 Consumables and logistics related to IV ABXs administration 1.5 4400 6600 1.5 2840 4260
 SICU bed per day cost 540 5.2* 2808 540 4.7* 2538
  1. *Mean length of SICU stay (day); The same brands of all the antibiotics were purchased and used throughout the study in pre and post phases