Antimicrobial Use in Belgian Acute Care Hospitals : Results of the 2022 ECDC Point Prevalence Survey

Last updated on 30-5-2024 by Lucy Catteau

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Background: Point prevalence surveys (PPS) organized by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) play a crucial role in assessing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial use (AU) in European acute care hospitals. In 2017, a crude prevalence of 28.1% (95% CI 27.3-29.0%) of inpatients receiving at least one antimicrobial was recorded in Belgium (patients ≥65 years: 29.6% (95% CI 28.5-30.7%), <65 years : 26.5% (95%CI 25.3-27.6%)) . Following the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 ECDC-PPS aimed to reassess AU levels. Method: A cross…

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