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Antimicrobial stewardship: 1a-Median time to first dose of antibiotics for patients with suspected bacterial meningitis, or for actual or suspected severe sepsis

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termIndicator 1a-Median time to first dose of antibiotics for patients with suspected bacterial meningitis, or for actual or suspected severe sepsis
METeOR identifier:Help on this term612218
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 12/09/2016
Description:Help on this term

Median time from first clinical contact to the first dose of antibiotics for patients with suspected bacterial meningitis, or for patients requiring admission to an intensive care unit for actual or suspected severe sepsis.

Rationale:Help on this term

A delay in starting antibiotic treatment for life-threatening infections is associated with increased morbidity and mortality (Antibiotic Expert Group 2014).

Indicator set:Help on this termClinical care standard indicators: antimicrobial stewardship Health, Standard 12/09/2016
Outcome area:Help on this termLife-threatening conditions Health, Standard 12/09/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Time is in hours and minutes, i.e. HH:MM.

The median value corresponds to the middle observation in an ordered list. To calculate the median, the data must first be ranked (sorted in ascending order). The position of the median is:

{(n + 1) ÷ 2}th value

Where n is the number of values in a set of data.

For patients requiring admission to an intensive care unit for actual or suspected severe sepsis, include rural patients, and exclude patients admitted to an intensive care unit from a ward (i.e. not from an emergency department).

Only include cases where Hospital service—care type, code N[N]  = 1 Acute care.

Computation:Help on this term

Median time from first clinical contact (with a general practitioner, ambulance service or emergency department) to the first dose of antibiotics for patients with suspected bacterial meningitis or for patients requiring admission to an intensive care unit for actual or suspected severe sepsis.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termMedian
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termTime (e.g. days, hours)
Format:Help on this term

N[N].N

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Reference documents:Help on this term

Antibiotic Expert Group 2014. Therapeutic guidelines: antibiotic. Version 15. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited.

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