Aged care 'culture' drives antibiotic overuse

The working practices and 'culture' of residential aged care facilities are causing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in the elderly, research suggests.

A lack of doctors in aged care homes has put too much responsibility on locum GPs and undertrained nurses to manage infections, according to the survey of 61 healthcare professionals in the sector.

The findings raised major concerns over "widespread and inappropriate antibiotic use" in aged care facilities, given the emerging evidence of antibiotic resistance among elderly patients, Victorian researchers wrote in the Medical

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