Health Department Sees Improvements in Antibiotic Use
Since the city imposed tougher measures to control the use of antibiotics, there are still hospitals that can’t control the abuse and although there have already been improvements in the excessive prescriptions of antibiotics its still not enough, the city health department said.
Regulations state that hospitals are required to keep antibiotics prescriptions in the outpatient department at 20 percent and 60 percent in the inpatient department. But a recent survey has shown that prescriptions in outpatient and inpatient departments were 20.43 percent and 62.7 percent respectively.
This is still a large improvement, given that prescriptions for antibiotics had reached 93 percent, with the total decreasing to 64 percent. Some hospitals have been tightening their control of doctors that prescribe antibiotics and will soon reach the required quota.
One hospital said sometimes its hard to control the use of antibiotics since most patients that come in are in serious conditions and have been transferred from other hospitals. Thirty percent of the patients are also elderly with so many ailments that they need numerous doses of antibiotics, thus it is difficult to meet the requirement.