3 Steps Doctors should take when prescribing antibitiocs (VIDEO)

May 29, 2015, 4:00am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discusses three steps MD's should take before ordering antibiotics, featuring speaker Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director for the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discusses three steps MD's should take before ordering antibiotics, featuring speaker Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director for the CDC. The steps include:

  • Ordering recommended cultures before antibiotics are given, and starting drugs promptly.

  • Making sure the indication, dose, and expected duration are specified in the patient record.

  • Reassessing within 48 hours based on test results and patient status, adjusting or stopping the prescription if necessary.

RELATED: The 5 most over-prescribed antibiotics

 

Visit our Stewardship of Acne Resource Center to read about antibiotic use and application for acne and other dermatologic conditions.

Video courtesy of The Doctor's Channel.