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Awareness of a hospital's antibiotic policy can be improved

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:384
  1. Andy Levy (, reader in medicine,
  2. Debbie Campbell, medical directorate pharmacist, pharmacy department,
  3. Robert Spencer, consultant microbiologist, Public Health Laboratory,
  4. Robert Heyderman, senior lecturer
  1. University Research Centre for Neuroendocrinology
  2. Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW
  3. Department of Pathology and Microbiology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TD

    EDITOR—Nightingale et al examined prescribing in a specialist unit.1 The problem for most of us with medical staff prescribing for patients scattered throughout a hospital is ensuring that the rule base is available at the time and place of prescription.

    Although the division of medicine's antibiotic policy in Bristol was sent to all medical staff, an audit of the use of antibiotics showed considerable …

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