Inappropriate antibiotics in sepsis

In this large retrospective multi-institutional analysis of 5715 patients with septic shock, initial receipt of appropriate antibiotics (based on subsequent cultures) had an odds ratio of survival to hospital discharge of 9.5 (CI 7.7-11.5). This study reinforces the need for obtaining adequate specimen cultures and starting broad spectrum antibiotics in patients with sepsis (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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