The Champions League - Improving the quality of in-patient antibiotic prescription in Trauma and Orthopaedics.
Evans, Jonathan T.
JournalBMJ quality improvement reports
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A Trust level audit demonstrated that the trauma and orthopaedic department did not reach its own standards in adhering to Trust antibiotic prescribing guidelines. Junior doctors are the main prescribers of antibiotics during inpatient stays. Local policy states that for all inpatients on antibiotics, the start date, duration, and indication for antibiotics must be documented on the drug card. Each patient drug card was reviewed by the department pharmacist and it was recorded whether the documentation was in line with Trust policy. A monthly league table, coined 'The Champions League', was created. It was published monthly and displayed in the doctors' office and other clinical areas to highlight which doctors had or had not adhered to the prescribing guidelines. In August 2012 the monthly audit for the trauma and orthopaedic department included 74 patients. The total number of antibiotic courses prescribed was 28; of these courses only 15 (53.5%) had an indication documented and 15 (53.5%) had a review/stop date documented. In December 2012, after two published league tables, 61 patients were reviewed. A total of 19 antibiotic courses were prescribed; 18 (94.7%) had the indication documented and 16 (84.2%) had the review/stop date documented. The standards of prescribing improved within the department and good prescribing practice became ingrained into each doctor's practice. The league table proved to be a novel tool that helped to raise the profile of antibiotic prescribing and change doctor prescribing habits. It created a competitive spirit within the department which improved morale. Doctors responded positively to feedback if they were not achieving the desirable standards, and enjoyed the challenge of improving the standard of prescribing.