Inappropriate antibiotics for cSSSI increases LOS

In this retrospective cohort of 717 patients with a culture positive cSSSI, 74% of which were health care associated, and 23% of which did not recieve appropriate antibiotics. In comparing those who did versus those who did not recieve appropriate antibiotic therapy, the mortality did not differ, but LOS was 1.8 days longer in those who did not. Better screening protocols for those who fulfill the criteria for health care associated cSSSI may result in higher rates of appropriate antibiotics, and lower LOS (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

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.

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