Antibiotic overuse puts patients at risk

As concerns mount regarding incorrectly prescribed antibiotics and their contribution to the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections, some hospitals reported prescribing three times more antibiotics than others, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers found hospitals could improve antibiotic prescription in 37.2 percent of the most common prescription scenarios reviewed. Prescribing inpatients antibiotics is common and there is ample opportunity to improve patient safety by reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, the study concluded. Researchers recommended hospital administrators and healthcare providers implement formal programs to improve prescribing antibiotics appropriately. Study

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