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Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Avoidable Antibiotic Exposure for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections — Physician’s First Watch

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December 23, 2013

Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Avoidable Antibiotic Exposure for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

By the NEJM Journal Watch Editors

In a retrospective analysis of patients with skin and soft tissue infections in a large ambulatory care system, therapy for 10 days or longer was the most common avoidable use of antibiotics. Commenting on the American Journal of Medicine study, ID specialist Neil Ampel points out that nearly two thirds of patients with uncomplicated cellulitis got antibiotics active against MRSA, "a practice that many would consider inappropriate."

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