Rethink antibiotics before discharging pneumonia patients, researchers say

Authors: Will Boggs MD | Source: Reuters | Published on MSD Connect: October 2020 | HK-NON-00173 Oct/2020

Patients hospitalized with pneumonia who receive antibiotic treatment longer than recommended durations have increased odds of reporting antibiotic-associated adverse events after discharge, according to a retrospective study.

Antibiotics prescribed at discharge played an important role in the outcomes, researchers found.

"As a result of this study, we've already started making changes at the University of Michigan," Dr. Valerie M. Vaughn from University of Michigan Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Health System, Ann Arbor, told Reuters Health by email. "We now have pharmacists on our hospital medicine service discuss antibiotic duration and treatment with the physicians before patients leave the hospital. As a result, we've already started to see improvement in prescribing. Hopefully, we'll start to see a reduction in antibiotic side effects as well."

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