All patients commenced on intravenous antibiotics MUST be reviewed DAILY by the medical team responsible for the patient. Questions to be answered:
- is the patient responding?
- what is the causative organism and site of infection?
- can therapy be rationalised from broad-spectrum to narrow-spectrum?
- can the patient be switched from intravenous to oral antibiotics?
Expert advice is available from Medical Microbiology and Pharmacy, if required.
NB: For advice on drug administration via enteral tubes consult the ward pharmacist or Medicines Information.