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Treatment of Acute Diarrhea With Bismuth Subsalicyclate May Decrease Antibiotic Use

Antibiotics were less commonly administered to patients who were given bismuth subsalicylate to treat acute diarrhea in a setting in which antibiotics are commonly used,  according to data published in JAMA Network Open. In a randomized clinical trial, participants aged 15 to 65 years with acute non-bloody diarrhea from 22 outpatient clinics in Karachi, Pakistan…

Prospective audit allows antibiotic stewards to engage the prescribing clinician after the antibiotic has been used, typically after two or three days, to optimize antibiotic treatments.

Are Antibiotic Stewardship Strategies in Community Hospitals Feasible?

According to results published in JAMA Network Open of a study that tested the feasibility and results of 2 antimicrobial stewardship and intervention strategies, only post-prescription audit and review (PPR) was both feasible and effective in settings with limited resources. The strategies tested targeted vancomycin hydrochloride, piperacillin-tazobactam, and the antipseudomonal carbapenems. The strategies identified were…

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