Cleaning, resistant bacteria, and antibiotic prescribing in residential aged care facilities

Cowan, Raquel U., Kishan, Divya, Walton, Aaron L., Sneath, Emmy, Cheah, Thomas, Butwilowsky, Judith and Friedman, N. Deborah 2016, Cleaning, resistant bacteria, and antibiotic prescribing in residential aged care facilities, American journal of infection control, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 19-21, doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.09.034.

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Title Cleaning, resistant bacteria, and antibiotic prescribing in residential aged care facilities
Author(s) Cowan, Raquel U.
Kishan, Divya
Walton, Aaron L.
Sneath, Emmy
Cheah, Thomas
Butwilowsky, Judith
Friedman, N. Deborah
Journal name American journal of infection control
Volume number 44
Issue number 3
Start page 19
End page 21
Total pages 3
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-03-01
ISSN 0196-6553
1527-3296
Keyword(s) Residential aged care facilities
Cleaning
Antibiotics
Environmental contamination
Extended-spectrum β-lactamase
Summary Residents of residential aged care facilities (RACFs) are at risk of colonization and infection with multidrug-resistant bacteria, and antibiotic prescribing is often inappropriate and not based on culture-proven infection. We describe low levels of resident colonization and environmental contamination with resistant gram-negative bacteria in RACFs, but high levels of empirical antibiotic use not guided by microbiologic culture. This research highlights the importance of antimicrobial stewardship and environmental cleaning in aged care facilities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.09.034
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
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