In many hospitals, blood cultures have become a reflexive habit for patients presenting to the ER with any suspected infection.  This was, in part, due to the inappropriate addition of routine blood cultures as a core measure in 2001 by…
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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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