01 Apr '11, 1pm

Shorter stay, lower costs for Tan Tock Seng patients

Shorter stay, lower costs for Tan Tock Seng patients

SINGAPORE : Singapore's Tan Tock Seng Hospital said its antibiotics programme, started in 2009, has led to reduced costs and shorter stays for patients. The programme helps doctors customise doses in a targeted way to stop viruses from becoming "superbugs". With this method, the hospital said the occurrence of drug-resistant bugs decreased by 30 per cent. During the past two years, the treatment has not seen an increase in the number of hospital deaths even with 15 per cent less antibiotics used. The annual increase in antibiotic cost has also decreased from 9 per cent in 2009 to 6 per cent last year. Dr David Lye, a consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said: "We now realise that, in fact, most infections can be treated for a far shorter period than we used to treat them - this is from scientific research. "And we are trying to promo...

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