Successive HALT studies in long-term care facilities (in 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2016) have shown that Irish Nursing home residents are prescribed far more antibiotics than their European counterparts. Antibiotics are most commonly prescribed for urinary tract infection (UTI), respiratory tract infection (RTI) and skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI).
These findings were echoed and expanded upon in an antibiotic point prevalence survey conducted by CHO-based antimicrobial pharmacists in HSE Older Persons residential care facilities between October and December 2020 (for CHO 1,3,4,5,8) which was expanded to CHO 2,6,7,9 between April-August 2021. This study found that:
A further study was conducted in a sample of HSE Mental Health residential care facilities by CHO-based antimicrobial pharmacists between November 2021 and January 2022 (CHO 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). This study found that: