Healthcare Providers Are Reminded to Use Caution When Prescribing Antibiotics During the Pandemic

A news report issued by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy shares concern related to extensive use of antibiotics to treat COVID-19, a practice that may be accelerating antibiotic resistance.

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Limiting Overprescribing of Antibiotics in the Urgent Care Setting

CDC research indicates that inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for respiratory conditions is highest in the Urgent Care Setting at 45.7% and second highest in the Emergency Department at 24.6%. Taking the time to educate patients in these settings regarding the difference between a viral illness that does not require antibiotics and a bacterial infection is a key to managing this issue.

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