Variability in antibiotic use across nursing homes and the risk of antibiotic-related adverse outcomes for individual residents.
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Inappropriate antibiotic use contributes to microbial resistance for the recipient and the community. This study found increased harms related to antibiotic use among older patients living in nursing homes with higher antibiotic use compared to nursing homes with overall lower antibiotic use. These findings demonstrate the need to manage antibiotics effectively to improve the safety of all nursing home residents.
Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies and Complaints.
Office of the Inspector General. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; September 2008. Report No. OEI-02-08-00140.
Quantification and classification of errors associated with hand-repackaging of medications in long-term care facilities in Germany.
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Therapeutic errors involving adults in the community setting: nature, causes and outcomes.
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