From intermittent antibiotic point prevalence surveys to quality improvement: experience in Scottish hospitals

William Malcolm, Dilip Nathwani, Peter Davey, Tracey Cromwell, Andrea Patton, Jacqueline Reilly, Shona Cairns, Marion Bennie

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In 2008, the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) was established to coordinate a national antimicrobial stewardship programme. In 2009 SAPG led participation in a European point prevalence survey (PPS) of hospital antibiotic use. We describe how SAPG used this baseline PPS as the foundation for implementation of measures for improvement in antibiotic prescribing.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Number of pages9
JournalAntimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2013


  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • quality improvement
  • prescribing indicators
  • point prevalence surveys
  • antibiotic
  • hospital prescribing
  • surgical prophylaxis

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