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Table 4 Analysis of the frequency of with which vancomycin use failed to meet appropriateness criteria in 557 patients in Sao Paulo Hospital between March 1st and September 30th 2002, according to the CDC criteria (HICPAC,1995), at the 24 hour and 72 hour time points

From: Analysis of vancomycin use and associated risk factors in a university teaching hospital: a prospective cohort study

Criteria At the first 24 hours At the first 72 hours
  N % N %
Surgical prophylaxis 6 1.1 6 1.1
Suspect of hospital infection without cultures being obtained 7 1.3 7 1.3
Critical clinical condition 285 51.3 285 51.3
Presence of catheter and fever 38 6.8 38 6.8
Decontamination of the gastrointestinal tract 3 0.5 3 0.5
Eradication of MRSA colonization 2 0.3 1 0.2
Treatment (chosen for dosing convenience) for β-lactam-sensitive Gram-positive bacteria 25 4.5 33 5.8
Total 366 65.7 373 67.0