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Antibiotic treatment and antimicrobial resistance in children with urinary tract infections

Abstract : Objectives: The aim of this study was to describe antibiotic prescribing patterns and antimicrobial resistance rates in hospitalised children with febrile and afebrile urinary tract infections (UTIs). Methods: Antibiotic prescriptions and antibiograms for neonates, infants and older children with UTI admitted to a general district hospital in Central Greece were evaluated. Data covering a 5-year period were collected retrospectively from the Paediatric Department's Electronic Clinical Archive. Patients were included based on clinical and microbiological criteria. Antimicrobial susceptibility was determined by the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. Results: A total of 230 patients were included in the study. Among 459 prescriptions identified, amikacin (31.2%) was the most common antibiotic prescribed in this population, followed by amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (17.4%) and ampicillin (13.5%). Children received prolonged intravenous (i.v.) treatments for febrile (mean ± S.D., 5.4 ± 1.45 days) and afebrile UTIs (mean ± S.D., 4.4 ± 1.64 days). A total of 236 pathogens were isolated. The main causative organism was Escherichia coli (79.2%) with high reported resistance rates to ampicillin (42.0%), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (26.5%) and amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (12.2%); lower resistance rates were identified for third-generation cephalosporins (1.7%), nitrofurantoin (2.3%), ciprofloxacin (1.4%) and amikacin (0.9%). Klebsiella spp. isolates were highly resistant to cefaclor (27.3%). Conclusion: High prescribing rates for amikacin and penicillins (± β-lactamase inhibitors) and prolonged i.v. treatments were observed. Escherichia coli was highly resistant to ampicillin, whilst third-generation cephalosporins exhibited greater in vitro efficacy. Establishment of antimicrobial stewardship programmes and regular monitoring of antimicrobial resistance could help to minimise inappropriate prescribing for UTIs.
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K. Vazouras, K. Velali, I. Tassiou, A. Anastasiou-Katsiardani, K. Athanasopoulou, et al.. Antibiotic treatment and antimicrobial resistance in children with urinary tract infections. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, Elsevier, 2020, 20, pp.4-10. ⟨10.1016/j.jgar.2019.06.016⟩. ⟨inserm-02935772⟩

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