Author: Kelly Flett

Effective use of antibiotics starts with a complete allergy history

Effective antibiotic use starts with allergy history
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This week is Antibiotic Awareness Week, a week focused on using antibiotics appropriately to provide the best clinical outcomes and avoid antibiotic resistance.

As physicians who care for patients with antibiotic resistant infections and those with antibiotic allergies, we know that there are real clinical advantages to being able to use “narrow” beta-lactam antibiotics such as amoxicillin. In fact, for many diagnoses, patients have better outcomes when they are treated with beta-lactam antibiotics that are targeted to their specific bacteria.  …Read More

Experts Corner: How to be an everyday antibiotic steward

Antibiotic resistance-Flett

Antibiotic resistance is not a theoretical problem anymore. We are encountering resistant bacteria that have few antibiotic options. To treat these bacteria, we have to reach for antibiotics that may not work as well and have more frequent toxicities.

Appropriate antibiotic use is often thought of as a balancing act between good patient care and avoiding antibiotic resistance. But, appropriate antibiotic use IS good patient care. Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine, but patients exposed to them are also more likely to develop resistant infections including C. difficile and adverse reactions. Avoiding antibiotics when they are not needed reduces the risk of these harmful events.

As providers, it’s important to consider what we can do to keep patients safe while curbing antibiotic resistance — and have the tools to communicate this to parents. Here are a few simple actions we can take: …Read More