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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Feb;40(2):224-227. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.321. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Point-prevalence study of antimicrobial use in public hospitals in southern Sri Lanka identifies opportunities for improving prescribing practices.

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1Duke Global Health Institute,Durham, North Carolina.
2Faculty of Medicine,University of Ruhuna,Galle,Sri Lanka.
4Sri Lanka Ministry of Health,Colombo,Sri Lanka.
5Duke University School of Medicine,Durham, North Carolina.
3Duke-Ruhuna Collaborative Research Centre,Galle,Sri Lanka.


A point-prevalence study of antimicrobial use among inpatients at 5 public hospitals in Sri Lanka revealed that 54.6% were receiving antimicrobials: 43.1% in medical wards, 68.0% in surgical wards, and 97.6% in intensive care wards. Amoxicillin-clavulanate was most commonly used for major indications. Among patients receiving antimicrobials, 31.0% received potentially inappropriate therapy.

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