A comparison of antibiotic use in three specialist paediatric hospitals in France, Latvia and the UK

Inese Sviestina (Coresponding Author), Jeff Aston, Mathie Lorrot, Dzintars Mozgis

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Objectives This article analyses antimicrobial use in three tertiary-care paediatric hospitals with the aim of improving antimicrobial stewardship in paediatric hospitals. Methods A point prevalence survey (PPS) was undertaken during November 2012 using validated and standardised ARPEC (Antibiotic Resistance and Prescribing in European Children) methodology. The data collected contributed to the ARPEC study. Results Antimicrobials were prescribed to 116 patients (48%) in Birmingham, 114 (38%) in Paris and 128 (37%) in Riga. Respiratory tract infections were the most common indications for antibiotic use in Riga, but in Birmingham and Paris antibiotics were used most for prophylaxis in case of medical problems. The most common age group of patients receiving antimicrobials across all three sites was children aged 1-5 years old: There were 41 (35%) children in this age group in Birmingham, 37 (32%) in Paris and 36 (28%) in Riga. The most common antimicrobial used for the treatment and prophylaxis of paediatric patients was cotrimoxazole in Birmingham and Paris and ceftriaxone in Riga. Antimicrobials were mainly used parenterally: There were 100 (55%) parenteral prescriptions in Birmingham, 122 (50%) in Paris and 111 (75%) in Riga. Conclusions The PPS identified differences in antimicrobial use in the three hospitals and problem areas requiring improvement: high use of thirdgeneration cephalosporins for paediatric patients (especially in Riga) and predominant use of parenteral antibiotics. Further collaboration between pharmacists operating at each site is needed in order to improve antimicrobial stewardship initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Field of Science*

  • 3.1 Basic medicine
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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