Hospital-Treated Infections | TreatmentTrends | US | 2015

Hospital emergency departments (EDs) are sites where the majority of patients with serious, acute bacterial infections initially seek medical care. As such, these sites often represent the initial treatment setting, where patients receive the first dose of antibiotic(s) and are triaged for possible hospital admission or subsequent therapy in the outpatient setting. Therefore, EDs play an important role in initial treatment/brand selection. This report examines the current trends in management and antibiotic treatment of patients presenting to EDs with bacterial infections, and it examines their management and treatment through hospital inpatient and/or outpatient care following discharge. The report evaluates prescribing practices and guidelines in the ER, in the inpatient setting, and upon patient discharge.

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