Assessing prevalence of antimicrobial use and infections using the minimal data set in Finnish long-term care facilities

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Of all residents (n = 12,784) for whom a minimum data set 2.0 form was completed in long-term care facilities (n = 253) using a Resident Assessment Instrument in April and September 2011 in Finland, 16% received antimicrobials, most commonly methenamine (42%) and trimethoprim (24%). The prevalence of urinary tract infections was 8%, wound infection 2%, and pneumonia 2%. Minimum data set form provides a feasible tool for collecting data on antibiotic use and infections in long-term care facilities.

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