Superbug battle is being lost in aged care: report

Most patients on antimicrobials display no symptoms of infection

Fewer than one in five antimicrobial scripts written in aged care homes are appropriate based on the patient’s symptoms, a national surveillance report on antimicrobial resistance suggests.

Professor John Turnidge
Professor John Turnidge.

The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) includes the results of a single-day survey at 292 aged care homes, mostly in Victoria, finding that 9% of patients were on antimicrobials.