Widespread dexamethasone use improves pneumococcal meningitis outcomes

By  |  September 30, 2010 | 

In this nationwide before-after study of dissemination of a dexamethasone protocol for use in patients with suspected pneumococcal meningitis, dexa use increased from 3% to 84%, unfavorable outcomes decreased from 50% to 39%, and mortality decreased from 20% to 10%. This is further evidence of the widespread benefits of early dexa use in patients with suspected pneumococcal meningitis (abstract)

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About the Author: Danielle Scheurer

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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