Prophylactic Antibiotics

  • Peter N. R. Heseltine
  • John M. Leedom

Abstract

Antibiotics consume approximately 35% of the total pharmacy budget in most hospitals with betalactam antibiotics comprising almost 60% of all hospital uses (1). Expenditures on parenteral antibiotics have increased from $240 million in 1975 to over $1 billion in 1984. Antibiotic therapy and the associated costs of administration can add over $250 a day to a patient’s bill. Using antibiotics wisely has always been good practice; using them prudently means limited health care dollars can be spent on more pressing needs.

Keywords

Pseudomonas Ampicillin Metronidazole Amoxicillin Ceftriaxone 

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