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A STUDY ON ASSESSING PRESCRIBING PATTERN OF ANTIBIOTICS IN GERIATRIC PATIENTS

Bindhu T*, Suresh Kumar P, Nithila SMJ, Satish Chandra A, Jagannath Patro V

Objective: Rational use of antibiotics is extremely important an injudicious use can adversely affect the patient, cause emergence of antibiotic resistance and increase health care cost. Aim:A prospective observational study was carried out in the department of general medicine at Cure Emergency Hospital critical care & trauma centre, Khammam from June 2017 to November 2017. The aim of the study was to assess the prescribing pattern of antibiotics used in geriatric patients. Methodology: The data was collected in a specially designed data collection form, from the case sheets of inpatients and OPD cards of outpatients of the enrolled geriatric patients. Results and Discussion: The study result showed that there were a total of 312 cases prescribed with 432 antibiotics. The study revealed that, in 94(30.10%) patients culture sensitivity test have not been performed. The major disorders for which antibiotic were prescribed, was 42(13.46%) URTI, and followed by38(12.20%)LRTI, 32(10.26%)GIT infections and 30(9.61%)Fever from unknown origin cases.Results showed that most prescribed class of antibiotics were Penicillin’s, followed by Cephalosporins, Aminoglycosides. Conclusion: From this study it’s been concluded that the prescribing of antibiotics in a appropriate manner is helpful for the increasing quality of life in case of geriatric patients. So that there may be clear implement of antibiotic policy and need a versatile research on usage of antibiotics.

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