Prescription for Change

New CDC guidelines released last week task health workers in outpatient settings with reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions to help fight the spread of drug-resistant infections. The guidelines ask facilities to commit to safer practices, implement new policies, track antibiotic use, and educate clinicians and patients.
The guidelines include: avoiding prescribing antibiotics for the common cold and explaining to patients why antibiotics are not necessary for viral illnesses. Recent joint reports by Pew Charitable Trusts and the CDC revealed that 30% of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, and half the time common bacterial infections are treated with the wrong antibiotic.
Source: CIDRAP

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