International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 9, Part D (2016)
A prospective study of drug prescribing pattern of burns patients in surgery department
N Junior Sundresh, Nissy K Cherian, Nikhil Peter, Sneha George, and Sagy Thomas
To study and describe the present prescribing pattern in burns patients in Rajah Muthiah Medical College Hospital.
Methods: The study carried out was a prospective observational study. The study sample consists of 60 patients diagnosed with burn injury during the time period from January 16 to July 16. Demographic data and other therapeutic regimen were collected from the surgical department of Raja Muthiah Medical College Hospital. The data collected was analysed using Microsoft excel office.
Results: The more number of patients were observed in the age group of 0-20, a total of 452 drugs were prescribed with an average of 7.5 drugs per prescription. The main type of medication includes antimicrobials, analgesics and intravenous fluid. Among antimicrobials, cefotaxime was most commonly prescribed followed by amikacin and amoxicillin + clavulanic acid. Only 18% patients were immunized against tetanus, and the duration of hospital stay also varies with regard to total body surface area of burn.
Conclusions: Children’s are more vulnerable to the burn injuries. Polypharmacy was observed in every prescription. Tetanus immunization is important in burns patients to prevent further complications. Results of the present study indicate that some aspects of drug treatment need to be rationalized and also mutual co-operation with the patients and health care professionals is necessary to achieve a better patient care.
How to cite this article:
N Junior Sundresh, Nissy K Cherian, Nikhil Peter, Sneha George,, Sagy Thomas. A prospective study of drug prescribing pattern of burns patients in surgery department. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(9):229-232.