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Table 3 Factors associated with appropriate 3rd generation cephalosporin use at the POSGH, Jan- June 2000.

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

Variables Appropriate Use (n = 62) Inappropriate Use (n = 124) Odds ratio (95% CI) p Value
Gender     
Male 25 37   
Female 53 71 0.91 (0.46–1.76) 0.88
Age (mean ± SD) 42 (18.73) 46.61(21.63)   NS
Service     
Gynecology 3 24 6.58 (1.69–29.89) p < 0.003
Orthopedics 6 18 2.47 (0.081–7.00)  
Medicine 16 35 1.80 (0.81–4.01)  
Surgery 37 45 1.00  
Infection     
Present 44 60 2.61 (1.30–8.28) p < 0.003
Absent 18 64   
Type of infection     
Site unknown 15 53 5.05 (1.45–18.10) p < 0.007
Skin and soft tissue 14 24 4.29 (0.94–20.71  
Respiratory 6 13 3.13(.0.88–11.35)  
Urinary tract 10 7 1.00  
Therapy     
Prophylactic 17 39   
Empiric 45 81 1.27 (0.62–2.65) p < 0.48
Multiple therapy     
Single antibiotic 18 73   
2 or more antibiotics 44 51 3.50(1.73–7.11) p < 0.001