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Survey of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship practices in Australian residential aged‐care facilities

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This study assessed infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) practices in Australian residential aged‐care facilities (RACF). Two hundred and sixty‐five surveys (15.6%) were completed with all states represented and the majority (177 (67.3%)) privately run. Only 30.6% RACF had infection control trained staff on site. Few facilities had AMS policies, only 14% had antimicrobial prescribing restrictions. Most facilities offered vaccination to residents (influenza vaccination rates >75% in 73% of facilities), but pneumococcal vaccination was poor.
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Keywords: antibiotic stewardship; infection control; residential care

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2015

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