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Volume 11, Number 10—October 2005

Research

Vancomycin and Home Health Care

Thomas G. Fraser*1, Valentina Stosor*, Qiong Wang†, Anne Allen‡, and Teresa R. Zembower*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA; †University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago, Illinois, USA; ‡Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Table 2

Comparison of HICPAC guidelines with home infusion use of vancomycin in 296 patients*

No. (%)
Manner in which vancomycin use met guidelines 180 (60.8)
Treatment of infections with β-lactam-resistant, gram-positive bacteria 118 (65.6)
Treatment of gram-positive infections in patients with allergies to β-lactam agents 67 (37.2)
Manner in which vancomycin use did not meet guidelines 116 (39.2)
Continued empiric vancomycin use in patients with negative or no cultures 84 (72.4)
Use of vancomycin for dosing convenience 18 (15.5)
Prolonged administration of antimicrobial drugs after implantation of prosthetic materials or devices 13 (11.2)
Treatment of a single blood culture showing coagulase-negative staphylococci 9 (7.8)

*Some patients fulfilled >1 criteria. HICPAC, Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee.

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1Current affiliation: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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