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Inpatient antibiotic utilization in the Veterans' Health Administration during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Dieringer TD, Furukawa D, Graber CJ, Stevens VW, Jones MM, Rubin MA, Goetz MB. Inpatient antibiotic utilization in the Veterans' Health Administration during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2021 Jun 1; 42(6):751-753.

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Abstract:

Antibiotic prescribing practices across the Veterans'' Health Administration (VA) experienced significant shifts during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. From 2015 to 2019, antibiotic use between January and May decreased from 638 to 602 days of therapy (DOT) per 1,000 days present (DP), while the corresponding months in 2020 saw antibiotic utilization rise to 628 DOT per 1,000 DP.





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