J Glob Antimicrob Resist 2021 Jun 12;25:367-369. Epub 2021 May 12.
National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS), Peter Doherty Research Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, Level 5, 792 Elizabeth St., Melbourne, VIC, Australia; University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Department of Medicine-RMH, Royal Parade, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 300 Grattan St., Melbourne, VIC, Australia; Department of Infectious Diseases, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, 792 Elizabeth St., Melbourne, Australia.
Objectives: There have been efforts to promote timely antimicrobial administration for patients with sepsis, but the importance for other infections is uncertain. This study analysed whether time to first antimicrobial dose (TFAD) in patients with lower limb cellulitis influenced outcome measures such as acute length of stay (LOS) in hospital and 30-day hospital readmission rates for cellulitis.
Methods: Medical records of patients admitted with lower limb cellulitis or erysipelas over a 15-month period (1 May 2019 to 30 November 2019 and 1 March 2020 to 31 October 2020) were reviewed. Read More