Analysis of antimicrobial prescriptions in Primary Healthcare

Herica Emilia Félix de Carvalho, Alvaro Francisco Lopes de Sousa, Camila Aparecida Pinheiro Landim Almeida, Maria Eliete Batista Moura, Denise de Andrade, Andréia Rodrigues Moura da Costa Valle

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Objective: To evaluate prescription receipts for antimicrobial prescriptions prescribed in primary healthcare units in a capital city in the Northeast region of Brazil. Method: An evaluative, analytical study. Information from the central distribution of essential medicines and the receipts of antimicrobial prescriptions were used. Results: There were 2,232 prescription receipts analyzed, in which metronidazole (250 mg) was prescribed in 28% of the evaluated prescription receipts, the “pill” pharmaceutical form in 30.7%, and the “oral” administration form in 78.2%. In the prescriptions prescribed by nurses, 80.7% were intended for users with sexually transmitted infections. With the exception of the pharmaceutical form, only 34.7% of the prescriptions were in accordance with the Nursing protocol recommendations. There is still no information on the concentration (43.7%), the dosage (39.9%) and the treatment time (36.8%). Conclusion: The evaluated receipts of antimicrobial prescriptions do not accurately follow the guidelines of Resolution No. 20/2011, nor of the instituted Nursing protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere03607
JournalRevista da Escola de Enfermagem
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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