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
Externally publishedYes


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