January 24, 2014

ERs not curbing overuse of antibiotics, study reveals

The investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham noted that growing concern about antibiotic resistance has led many hospitals to create policies for what is known as antibiotic stewardship — appropriate use of these drugs. "Given organized efforts to emphasize antibiotic stewardship, we expected to see a decrease in emergency department antibiotic use for such infections," study co-author Dr. John Baddley, an associate professor in the division of infectious diseases.

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