Antibiotics: Not Always Necessary?

Go ahead, search the word antibiotic on DiseaseProof. You’re bound to come up with quite a few posts discussing the over use of antibiotics. It’s a hot topic, and one that is slowly getting more and more attention. Like this report, according to a new study many pneumonia patients receive antibiotics when they don’t really need them. Amanda Gardner of HealthDay News explains:
The study, conducted in 2005, followed a group of 152 emergency room patients who met eligibility criteria for receiving antibiotics. Of this group, 65.1 percent received antibiotics within four hours of arriving at the hospital. The remaining 34.9 percent were identified as "outliers," and more than half (58.5 percent) of the outliers did not have a final diagnosis of pneumonia. And 43 percent of the outliers had an abnormal chest X-ray, compared with 95 percent of those who received antibiotics…

… "It was not possible in many of the cases to actually have given them antibiotics because a lot of them didn't actually have pneumonia or got a diagnosis later," said Dr. Jesse Pines, author of an accompany editorial in the journal, and an attending physician in the department of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He supports the study findings.
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Lynne Eldridge M.D. - March 12, 2007 8:09 PM

Thank you for this post!

Do you have statistics on the number of prescriptions of antibiotics that are given for viral infections? I have looked for it...but it would probably terrify me.

After the article in JAMA discussed an increased risk of women developing breast cancer with number and duration of antibiotic prescriptions, we have another reason to open our eyes wide.

Lynne Eldridge M.D.
Author, "Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time"

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