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Empiric antibiotic use surges despite no increase in nosocomial pathogens

August 4, 2015

The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics increased during a 5-year duration despite no increase in nosocomial pathogens, according to recent findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The rise in empiric antibiotic therapies appears to correspond with guidelines published in 2005 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Thoracic Society, which recommend empiric coverage of MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in patients at risk for health care-associated pneumonia (HCAP).

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