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Table 1 Characteristics of patients treated with 3rd generation cephalosporins at the POSGH

From: Third generation cephalosporin use in a tertiary hospital in Port of Spain, Trinidad: need for an antibiotic policy

Characteristics No (%)
Gender  
Male 84 (42)
Female 111(58)
Age: Mean SD (Range) 45 ± 20.56(13–90 years)
Category of service  
Surgery 84(43.8)
Medicine 53(27.6)
Gynaecology 29(15.1)
Orthopaedics 24(12.5)
Others (CNS, Genital, Septicaemia) 2
Predisposing Factors  
None 129(67.2)
Diabetes Mellitus 47(24.5)
HIV/AIDS 9 (4.7)
Infection characteristics  
Clinically suspected 108(56)
Clinically absent 84(44)
Site Unknown 69(35.9)
Skin and Soft tissue 39(20.3)
Respiratory tract 21(10.9)
Gastrointestinal tract 20(10.7)
Urinary tract 18(9.3)
Others 25(13.0)
Antibiotic Use  
Prophylactic 57 (29.7)
Empiric 131(68.2)
Therapeutic 4(2.0)
Single drug 94(49.6)
Two or more drugs 94(49.6)
Appropriate 62(32.3)
Inappropriate 124(64.6) 6(3.1)
Undetermined  
Bacteriological Investigations  
Done 52 (27)
Not done 140 (73)