Most primary care docs would treat asymptomatic UTIs with antibiotics, survey finds
May 31, 2022
Fully 70% of primary care doctors would prescribe antibiotics for UTI based on a positive urine culture alone, a new survey has found.
CDC: Fully 30 percent of Medicare outpatients treated with antibiotics for COVID-19
Apr 14, 2022
Antibiotics, chiefly azithromycin, were commonly prescribed to Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COVID-19 during the pandemic’s first year, CDC researchers have found.
Stewardship engagement slashes antibiotic use across hundreds of LTCFs
Mar 01, 2022
More than 400 U.S. long-term care facilities were able to reduce the number of urine cultures, treatment courses and length of antibiotics therapy during a year-long program. “Those who do the work,...
Clinical briefs for Thursday, Feb. 17
Feb 17, 2022
More stewardship strategies linked to fewer discharge antibiotics … Memory retrieval problems may be due to knowledge clutter in older age: study … Impaired nasal cavity cells may explain early loss...
Best practices for antibiotic stewardship & infection control in long-term care
Nov 22, 2021
Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week November 18-24, highlighting the importance of appropriate antibiotic use in fighting the threat of drug...
Urinary test cuts antibiotics use in pneumonia, pharmacists say
Oct 28, 2021
Urinary antigen tests led to earlier discontinuation of certain antibiotics and shorter acute care stays in patients with pneumonia, a new study finds.
C. diff may sneak in on soles of shoes, sampling study shows
Oct 08, 2021
Community exposure to the superbug Clostridiodes difficile may be more common than previously thought, with a surprising amount of spores carried on the soles of shoes, researchers say.
CDC: Reduce citations with these antibiotic stewardship tools
Oct 05, 2021
Long-term care providers constantly being cited for lapses in antibiotic stewardship should adopt antibiotic-use protocols to improve adherence to federal infection control guidelines, according to a new...
Nursing homes, feds hide sky-high antipsychotic use with dubious diagnoses: report
Sep 20, 2021
At least one-fifth of nursing home residents are taking the drugs, many for schizophrenia, a diagnosis that has skyrocketed in these settings since 2012, a new investigation finds.
Shorter course of antibiotics effective in men with UTI, comparison shows
Jul 30, 2021
A seven-day course of antibiotics is no less effective than a 14-day course for resolving urinary tract infections in men with no fever, a new study finds.