David Mannino, MD
The use of point-of-care testing for C-reactive protein to guide treatment lessened the use of antibiotics for COPD exacerbations without worsening clinical outcomes, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
“Recommendations for antibiotic prescribing in primary care practice are generally based on clinical features alone (eg, the Anthonisen criteria, which include increased dyspnea, increased sputum volume, and increased sputum purulence), but these features are subjective and insufficiently accurate in predicting which patients can be treated safely without antibiotics,” the researchers wrote.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
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