Variation in paediatric hospital antibiotic guidelines in Europe

Spyridis N, Syridou G, Goossens H, Versporten A, Kopsidas J, Kourlaba G, Bielicki J, Drapier N, Zaoutis T, Tsolia M, Sharland M; ARPEC Project Group Members. Arch Dis Child.

2016 Jan;101(1):72-6. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308255. Epub 2015 Sep 28.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the availability and source of guidelines for common infections in European paediatric hospitals and determine their content and characteristics.

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Antibiotic prescribing and expenditures in outpatient adults in Greece, 2010 to 2013: evidence from real-world practice

Kourlaba G, Gkrania-Klotsas E, Kourkouni E, Mavrogeorgos G, Zaoutis TE.

Euro Surveill. 2016 Jun 30;21(26). doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.26.30266.

Abstract: We provide a representative analysis of antibiotic prescribing, identify factors associated with broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing and assess the costs associated with antibiotic use in adult outpatients in Greece. Outpatient antibiotic prescriptions for patients older than 19 years between 2010 and 2013 in Greece were extracted from the IMS Health Xponent database. Prescribing rate and total cost for prescribed antibiotics were calculated.

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Antibiotic prescribing and expenditures in outpatient paediatrics in Greece, 2010-13

Kourlaba G, Kourkouni E, Spyridis N, Gerber JS, Kopsidas J, Mougkou K, Lourida A, Zaoutis TE. J Antimicrob Chemother.

2015 Aug;70(8):2405-8. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkv091. Epub 2015 Apr 16.

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to provide a nationally representative analysis of antibiotic prescribing in outpatient paediatrics and to assess overall and class-specific antibiotic costs in Greece.

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Assessment of hand hygiene resources and practices at the 2 children's hospitals in Greece

Kouni S, Kourlaba G, Mougkou K, Maroudi S, Chavela B, Nteli C, Lourida A, Spyridis N, Zaoutis T, Coffin S. Pediatr Infect Dis J.

2014 Oct;33(10):e247-51. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000376.

BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene (HH) is the most effective way to prevent health care-associated infections and the spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. The aim of our study was to assess the existing HH resources and current HH practices at 2 hospitals in Athens, Greece.

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