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Title: Analysis of CAST in 9 Lebanese hospitals between 2008 and 2017
Authors: Farah, Joseph
Jabbour, Eliane
Haidar, Asad
Souidan, Hassan
Soboh, Ismail
Massaad, Nadine
Dandachi, Iman
Moghnieh, Rima A.
Samaha, Roula
Daoud, Ziad
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Issue Date: 2019
Part of: Journal of infection and public health
Volume: 12
Issue: 5
Start page: 650
End page: 655
Background Cumulative Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (CAST) plays a crucial role in providing knowledge about the evolution of bacterial resistance. The preparation of such report is however prone to many errors. This study investigated the variety of mistakes detected in the CAST of 9 Lebanese hospitals. Methods Nine Lebanese hospitals were involved, where 21 different errors were looked for and analyzed. The total number of errors in each year was calculated and averaged according to the number of hospitals. Obtaining the average number of errors per hospital per year allowed the comparison of each hospital individually. Results The average number of errors in 2008 was 38.75 and increased to 51.5 in 2012. The average number of errors then decreased to 37.89 by 2017. The most common error between 2008–2017 was the incoherent percentages. Superimposing these results allowed to determine if hospitals in general were following the trend of average errors. Some hospitals were constantly improving, others were making a variable number of errors over the years. Conclusion The percentages of errors found here are alarming, urging therefore educating microbiologists on preparing CAST correctly. Future studies should aim to study the physicians level of knowledge on the proper utilization of CAST.
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Type: Journal Article
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