6 recent stories on antibiotic use

Antibiotic drug resistance is considered to play a part in about 75,000 hospital-acquired infection deaths each year in the United States, according to analysis by Kalorama Information. The following stories on antibiotic use and resistance were covered by Becker's Hospital Review since July, starting with the most recent.

CDS could reduce inappropriate antibiotics for critically ill patients
Implementing a clinical decision support system could help identify which patients have been prescribed inappropriate antibiotic therapy for healthcare-associated infections.

How much does duplicative antibiotic prescribing cost US hospitals?
Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Premier found 78 percent of hospitals have evidence of unnecessary antibiotic combinations being administrated for two or more days, resulting in nearly $13 million in potentially avoidable healthcare costs.

What insect's bacteria could replace antibiotics?
Thirteen lactic acid bacteria found in honey, originating from the honey stomach of bees, produce many active antimicrobial compounds shown to be effective in fighting MRSA.

Antibiotic stewardship programs reduce hospital costs
At one New York hospital, an antibiotic stewardship program saved more than $600,000 in one year and decreased the rate of antibiotic-resistant infections, a case study found.

Antibiotic resistance knowledge is modest among pediatric practitioners
Pediatric healthcare practitioners only have modest knowledge of factors that would increase the risk of antibiotic resistance, according to a survey.

Antibiotics prescribed via telephone on the rise
About 12 percent of antibiotics are prescribed over the phone, and the rate of telephone-based prescribing increased from 2.2 prescriptions per 100 patient years to 4.2 prescriptions per patient years.

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