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Why undertake a PPS?

So why should you undertake a PPS?

List of 3 reasons you should undertake a PPS. 1. Identify and monitor rates of antibiotic prescribing in hospitalised patients. 2. Identify differences between prescribing rates between hospital departments, hospitals, regions and countries. 3. Determine variation in antibiotics, dose and indication across different locations.

Undertaking a PPS will help identify which antibiotics are being used.

Depending on the way the PPS is set up and the data collected there can be a wealth of information:

List of information. Includes: 'use of broad or narrow spectrum antibiotics', 'are they prescribed in line with local guidelines?', 'has a clear duration of treatment or stop date been recorded?'

Furthermore, PPS can help to identify targets for quality improvement in antibiotic prescribing, identify interventions to promote better stewardship of antibiotics to assist the fight against antimicrobial resistance and assess the effectiveness of interventions through repeated surveys.

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