Hospital doctors cut antibiotic use by 8%

Hospital doctors have cut their use of antibiotics by 8% over four years in a result being hailed as a victory for antimicrobial stewardship programs.

Antibiotic use fell from 992 to 916 doses per 1000 bed days between 2011 and 2015, according to reports from 159 public hospitals published in the annual report of the National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program.

Use of antibiotics in hospitals declined every year after 2010, and the reduction was attributed by the report authors to stewardship programs that combine monitoring of compliance with best-practice with feedback on