This large retrospective analysis of patients hospitalized with COPD found those that received antibiotics had lower mortality (1% vs 1.8%), and fewer 30 day readmissions (5.4% vs 6.8%), but longer LOS and cost, compared to those that did not receive antibiotics (after propensity scoring adjustment). Overall there appears to be a benefit for the use of antibiotics in patients hospitalized with COPD (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.