Enhanced Antimicrobial Stewardship with the introduction of Procalcitonin to guide antibiotic duration in Adult Critical Care
|Publication: 09/06/2017 --|
|Last review: 02/10/2020|
|Next review: 02/10/2023|
|Approved By: Improving Antimicrobial Prescribing Group|
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SBAR- Enhanced Antimicrobial Stewardship with the introduction of Procalcitonin to guide antibiotic duration in Adult Critical Care
The prevalence of antimicrobial prescribing is high in critical care patients. There has been a recent increase in the number of sporadic cases of C. difficile infection in this high risk area with root cause analysis investigations suggesting antimicrobial usage has contributed to the infections. While an active antimicrobial stewardship program is in operation on most critical care units, additional measures should be sought to reduce antimicrobial consumption in critical care.
The utility of Procalcitonin (PCT) as a tool for the diagnosis of sepsis in the critical care setting has been studied with variable results 1-7. The use of PCT in the critical care setting as a tool to guide duration of antibiotics is reported in the literature with a number of good quality randomised control trials and systematic reviews demonstrating reductions in antibiotic consumption and reduced antibiotic treatment costs 8-14. Some studies also demonstrating reduced length of stay10 15. None of these studies cited an increase in complications (such as infection relapse, sepsis or mortality) when employing a PCT guided stewardship program.
PCT monitoring can be used as an adjunct to antimicrobial stewardship to guide duration of antibiotics reducing total duration and cost of antimicrobials.
A 12 month appraisal in the critical care units in LTHT should commence, assessing the utility of PCT in reducing total antimicrobial consumption. This is to be financially supported by LTHT as part of the strategy to achieve the AMR CQUIN.
During the pilot, the benefits (reduced antibiotic consumption, reduction in antibiotic costs, reduction in C. difficile infection rates) and the risks (worsening sepsis or relapsing infection in patients whose antibiotics were stopped) should be measured.
|Target patient group:||Adults|
|Target professional group(s):||Secondary Care Doctors
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