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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531289/management-of-bacteriuria-in-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Emily S Spivak, Muriel Burk, Rongping Zhang, Makoto M Jones, Melinda M Neuhauser, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, Francesca E Cunningham
Background: Bacteriuria contributes to antibiotic overuse through treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) and long durations of therapy for symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs), yet large-scale evaluations of bacteriuria management among inpatients are lacking. Methods: Inpatients with bacteriuria were classified as asymptomatic or symptomatic based on established criteria applied to data collected by manual chart review. We examined frequency of treatment of ASB, factors associated with treatment of ASB, durations of therapy, and frequency of complications including Clostridium difficile infection, readmission and all-cause mortality within 28 days of discharge...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528649/metal-resistance-and-its-association-with-antibiotic-resistance
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Chandan Pal, Karishma Asiani, Sankalp Arya, Christopher Rensing, Dov J Stekel, D G Joakim Larsson, Jon L Hobman
Antibiotic resistance is recognised as a major global threat to public health by the World Health Organization. Currently, several hundred thousand deaths yearly can be attributed to infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The major driver for the development of antibiotic resistance is considered to be the use, misuse and overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. Nonantibiotic compounds, such as antibacterial biocides and metals, may also contribute to the promotion of antibiotic resistance through co-selection...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526836/characterisation-of-antibiotic-prescriptions-for-acute-respiratory-tract-infections-in-danish-general-practice-a-retrospective-registry-based-cohort-study
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Rune Aabenhus, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Laura Trolle Saust, Lars Bjerrum
Inappropriate use of antibiotics is contributing to the increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance. Several Danish guidelines on antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections in general practice have been issued to promote rational prescribing of antibiotics, however it is unclear if these recommendations are followed. We aimed to characterise the pattern of antibiotic prescriptions for patients diagnosed with acute respiratory tract infections, by means of electronic prescriptions, labeled with clinical indications, from Danish general practice...
May 19, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520621/outbreaks-in-the-adult-icus
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Hasan M Al-Dorzi, Yaseen M Arabi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Infectious disease outbreaks in the critical care setting are common and serious consequence. This article reviews and summarizes recent outbreaks in the adult ICUs. RECENT FINDINGS: Outbreaks of multidrug-resistant bacteria, fungi, and emerging viruses in ICUs from different countries are common. Outbreak investigation relies on epidemiologic methods, microbiologic studies, and molecular typing methods. Overuse of antibiotics, gaps in implementing infection prevention measures, and contaminated environment are common causes of ICU outbreaks...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504895/progress-toward-inhibitors-of-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamases
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Ross P McGeary, Daniel Tc Tan, Gerhard Schenk
The global overuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of drug-resistant pathogenic bacteria. Bacteria can combat β-lactams by expressing β-lactamases. Inhibitors of one class of β-lactamase, the serine-β-lactamases, are used clinically to prevent degradation of β-lactam antibiotics. However, a second class of β-lactamase, the metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs), function by a different mechanism to serine-β-lactamases and no inhibitors of MBLs have progressed to be used in the clinic. Bacteria that express MBLs are an increasingly important threat to human health...
May 15, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495389/clinical-trainees-responses-to-parents-who-question-evidence-based-recommendations
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Sydney E Philpott, Holly O Witteman, Katherine M Jones, David S Sonderman, Anne-Sophie Julien, Mary C Politi
OBJECTIVE: We examined clinicians' attitudes, beliefs, and behavioral intentions about discussing evidence and eliciting values when patients question recommendations. METHODS: We randomized trainees to read one of three scenarios about a parent of a one-year-old: 1) overuse (parent requests antibiotics for presumed viral infection); 2) equipoise (tubes for recurrent ear infections); 3) underuse (parent hesitates about vaccination). Participants then answered survey questions...
May 2, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492121/south-african-medical-students-perceptions-and-knowledge-about-antibiotic-resistance-and-appropriate-prescribing-are-we-providing-adequate-training-to-future-prescribers
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Sean Wasserman, Samantha Potgieter, Evan Shoul, Deborah Constant, Annemie Stewart, Marc Mendelson, Tom H Boyles
BACKGROUND: Education of medical students has been identified by the World Health Organization as an important aspect of antibiotic resistance (ABR) containment. Surveys from high-income countries consistently reveal that medical students recognise the importance of antibiotic prescribing knowledge, but feel inadequately prepared and require more education on how to make antibiotic choices. The attitudes and knowledge of South African (SA) medical students regarding ABR and antibiotic prescribing have never been evaluated...
April 25, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462635/antibiotic-prescribing-for-upper-respiratory-infections-among-children-in-rural-china-a-cross-sectional-study-of-outpatient-prescriptions
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Zhitong Zhang, Yanhong Hu, Guanyang Zou, Mei Lin, Jun Zeng, Simin Deng, Rony Zachariah, John Walley, Joseph D Tucker, Xiaolin Wei
BACKGROUND: Overuse of antibiotics contributes to the development of antimicrobial resistance. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to assess the condition of antibiotic use at health facilities at county, township and village levels in rural Guangxi, China. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions in 2014 for children aged 2-14 years with upper respiratory infections (URI). Twenty health facilities were randomly selected, including four county hospitals, eight township hospitals and eight village clinics...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458416/a-study-of-antimicrobial-use-in-children-admitted-to-pediatric-medicine-ward-of-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Sandip Baidya, Avijit Hazra, Supratim Datta, Amal Kanti Das
OBJECTIVES: Antimicrobials are frequently used in tertiary care hospitals. We conducted an observational study on children admitted to a teaching hospital in Eastern India, to generate a profile of antimicrobial use and suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) attributable to them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hospitalized children of either sex, aged between 1 month and 12 years, were studied. Baseline demographic and clinical features, duration of hospital stay, antimicrobials received in hospital along with dosing and indications and details of suspected ADRs attributable to their use were recorded...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443360/overview-of-procalcitonin-assays-and-procalcitonin-guided-protocols-for-the-management-of-patients-with-infections-and-sepsis
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Philipp Schuetz, Celine Bretscher, Luca Bernasconi, Beat Mueller
Procalcitonin is a surrogate infection blood marker whose levels help estimate the likelihood of bacterial infections and correlate with their resolution. Recent trials have revealed the benefits of inclusion of procalcitonin in antibiotic stewardship protocols for initiation and discontinuation of antimicrobial therapy. Areas covered: Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic stewardship protocols have shown appreciable reductions in antibiotic use and duration of therapy in respiratory infections, sepsis, and other infections, with positive effects on clinical outcomes...
May 3, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430992/identifying-practice-related-factors-for-high-volume-prescribers-of-antibiotics-in-danish-general-practice
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Rune Aabenhus, Volkert Siersma, Håkon Sandholdt, Rasmus Køster-Rasmussen, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Lars Bjerrum
Objectives: In Denmark, general practice is responsible for 75% of antibiotic prescribing in the primary care sector. We aimed to identify practice-related factors associated with high prescribers, including prescribers of critically important antibiotics as defined by WHO, after accounting for case mix by practice. Methods: We performed a nationwide register-based survey of antibiotic prescribing in Danish general practice from 2012 to 2013. The unit of analysis was the individual practice...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428160/simulated-conversations-with-virtual-humans-to-improve-patient-provider-communication-and-reduce-unnecessary-prescriptions-for-antibiotics-a-repeated-measure-pilot-study
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Antoinette Schoenthaler, Glenn Albright, Judith Hibbard, Ron Goldman
BACKGROUND: Despite clear evidence that antibiotics do not cure viral infections, the problem of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in ambulatory care persists, and in some cases, prescribing patterns have increased. The overuse of antibiotics for treating viral infections has created numerous economic and clinical consequences including increased medical costs due to unnecessary hospitalizations, antibiotic resistance, disruption of gut bacteria, and obesity. Recent research has underscored the importance of collaborative patient-provider communication as a means to reduce the high rates of unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424831/-recurrent-and-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections-prophylaxis-and-prevention
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H Piechota
Urinay tract infection (UTI) as one of the most frequent bacterial infections in humans is of utmost relevance. Because of the rising prevalence of antimicrobial resistance, urinalysis should always include urine culture and a resistogram in order to avoid an unspecific selection and overuse of antibiotics. Prevention of recurrent UTI must first of all rule out predisposing uropathogenic conditions. Nowadays, a great variety of drugs, behavioral, and supportive treatment options can effectively minimize UTI recurrence...
April 19, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413207/rate-of-active-helicobacter-pylori-infection-among-symptomatic-patients-of-pakistan
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F Rasheed, A Yameen, T Ahmad, R Bilal
Only few epidemiological studies have examined the rate of active H. pylori infection in the symptomatic population in Pakistan. This retrospective study presents the laboratory data collected during the past 13 years (2002 to 2015) from 2315 symptomatic patients referred to the BreathMAT Lab, Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy Institute, Islamabad for the diagnosis of active H. pylori infection using the (13)C Urea Breath Test. Rate of infection and its association with gender and age were evaluated...
April 2017: Malaysian Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410572/incidence-of-infection-following-internal-fixation-of-open-and-closed-tibia-fractures-in-india-infiniti-a-multi-centre-observational-cohort-study
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Prakash Doshi, Hitesh Gopalan, Sheila Sprague, Chetan Pradhan, Sunil Kulkarni, Mohit Bhandari
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a major public health problem, particularly in India due to the country's rapid urbanization. Tibia fractures are a common and often complicated injury that is at risk of infection following surgical fixation. The primary objectives of this cohort study were to determine the incidence of infection within one year of surgery and to describe the distribution of infections by location and time of diagnosis for tibia fractures in India. METHODS: We conducted a multi-center, prospective cohort study...
April 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405868/droplet-based-non-faradaic-impedance-sensors-for-assessment-of-susceptibility-of-escherichia-coli-to-ampicillin-in-60-min
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Aida Ebrahimi, Muhammad A Alam
Direct antibiotic susceptibility tests (AST) are essential for rapid detection of bacterial infection and administration of appropriate antibiotics. Conventional AST systems are usually slow as they rely on cell growth for an indirect assessment of antibiotics' effectiveness. Therefore, a faster method is desirable, especially for emergency cases. In this work, we studied the performance of label-free, droplet-based impedance sensors for rapid characterization of the effects of ampicillin (Amp) on Escherichia coli...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403766/controversies-in-diagnosis-and-management-of-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Sarah Sparham, Patrick Gp Charles
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common condition; however, it appears to be overdiagnosed. Diagnosing CAP too frequently may be adding to the problems of overuse of antibiotics, such as bacterial resistance in the community and greater costs and complications in individuals. Data support that most patients with non-severe CAP can be treated for 3-5 days; however, most patients with CAP are receiving much longer courses of therapy. Macrolides such as azithromycin have the potential to prolong the QT interval, although large population studies show that this does not appear to result in excess cardiac mortality...
April 17, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399946/impact-of-a-multifaceted-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-a-front-line-ownership-driven-quality-improvement-project-in-a-large-urban-emergency-department
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Adam Jonathan Kaufman, Janine McCready, Jeff Powis
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic overuse has promoted growing rates of antimicrobial resistance and secondary antibiotic-associated infections such as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are effective in reducing antimicrobial use in the inpatient setting; however, the unique environment of the emergency department (ED) lends itself to challenges for successful implementation. Front-line ownership (FLO) methodology has been shown to be a potentially effective strategy for the implementation of inpatient ASPs through an iterative multi-pronged approach driven by front-line providers...
April 12, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388301/procalcitonin-biomarker-algorithm-reduces-antibiotic-prescriptions-duration-of-therapy-and-costs-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-comparison-in-the-netherlands-germany-and-the-united-kingdom
#19
Marloes E van der Maas, Gertjan Mantjes, Lotte M G Steuten
Antibiotics are often recommended as treatment for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. However, not all COPD exacerbations are caused by bacterial infections and there is consequently considerable misuse and overuse of antibiotics among patients with COPD. This poses a severe burden on healthcare resources such as increased risk of developing antibiotic resistance. The biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) displays specificity to distinguish bacterial inflammations from nonbacterial inflammations and may therefore help to rationalize antibiotic prescriptions...
April 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386253/current-and-potential-treatments-for-reducing-campylobacter-colonization-in-animal-hosts-and-disease-in-humans
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REVIEW
Tylor J Johnson, Janette M Shank, Jeremiah G Johnson
Campylobacter jejuni is the leading cause of bacteria-derived gastroenteritis worldwide. In the developed world, Campylobacter is usually acquired by consuming under-cooked poultry, while in the developing world it is often obtained through drinking contaminated water. Once consumed, the bacteria adhere to the intestinal epithelium or mucus layer, causing toxin-mediated inhibition of fluid reabsorption from the intestine and invasion-induced inflammation and diarrhea. Traditionally, severe or prolonged cases of campylobacteriosis have been treated with antibiotics; however, overuse of these antibiotics has led to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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