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Table 7 Antibiotic administration practices from 2018 to 2020

From: Effect of the “Normalized Epidemic Prevention and Control Requirements” on hospital-acquired and community-acquired infections in China

Year Overall (%) Culture before use (%) Average days (IQR)
2018 27.08 51.71 6 (3, 9)
2019 26.26 59.28 5 (2, 8)
2020 22.83 62.70 4 (2, 7)
χ2 326.538 406.463 600.335
P  < 0.001  < 0.001  < 0.001
  1. ‘Overall’ is the percentage of all inpatients who received an antibiotic during a single year; ‘Culture before use’ is the percentage of antibiotic users who had cultures taken before use; ‘Average days’ is the average duration of use among antibiotic users. IQR, interquartile range
  2. Bold values mean P values are significant