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2016 Antibiogram and Executive Summary

Posted 10 months ago by Mary Bidgood-Wilson

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program has published the first statewide antibiogram for the 2016 calendar year. Antibiograms provide a summary of antibiotic susceptibility patterns for selected bacterial pathogens and antibiotics. Attached are two versions of the statewide antibiogram for non-urine and urine source isolates that have been reported from New Hampshire’s hospitals. The first version shows the percent susceptibility, while the second shows the total number of isolates in the numerator and denominator that corresponds to each percent susceptible value. Methodology and data limitations can be found in the Appendix at the end of the document.

Purpose:

  • The antibiotic susceptibility information contained in these antibiograms can be used by clinicians to choose appropriate empiric antibiotics to treat common infectious syndromes and avoid overuse of broad spectrum antibiotics. Antibiotics should be chosen based on the clinical syndrome and the most likely pathogen(s) associated with the clinical syndrome. Below we have outlined some general guidance to help clinicians make informed decisions around antibiotic choice.
  • Annual analysis of hospital antibiotic resistance data will allow the New Hampshire DPHS to evaluate temporal trends and geographic patterns of antibiotic resistance in New Hampshire to guide antibiotic stewardship efforts at the local, regional, and state level. Antibiotic stewardship refers to the implementation of coordinated efforts to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in order to improve patient outcomes, reduce antibiotic resistance, and prevent the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms.

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