Watchdog in antibiotic review
Hospitals are being asked to provide up-to-date information on how they use antibiotics, amid growing concern about resistance to these drugs.
They must answer on what systems they have in place to try to ensure every patient receives the right drug therapy, at the right dose, route and duration, for the right infection type at the right time.
The review is being carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa), the patient safety watchdog.
"In a time of ever-increasing global travel, the risk of the spread of resistant bacteria is heightened. It is critically important that all hospitals have appropriate defences in place," said Sean Egan of Hiqa.
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