Timely administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics in septic patients saves lives.  Though this has been demonstrated in hundreds of clinical investigations over the last few decades, antibiotics remain the most controversial topic in the management of severe sepsis and septic shock. …
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The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines remain the gold standard guidelines for infectious disease problems.  The IDSA recommends treating patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) for 5 days and it recommends treating those with healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP) for 7-8…
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Are MRSA Antibiotics Overprescribed for Community-Acquired Pneumonia? – NEJM Journal Watch Nearly 30% of hospitalized CAP patients received antibiotics for MRSA, even though fewer than 1% had MRSA-associated CAP. A recent multicenter, prospective, active-surveillance study of 2259 patients hospitalized with…
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