Quality & Patient Safety

CDC study shows powerful antibiotic usage is increasing

Patient Safety Monitor, November 1, 2016

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Although overall antibiotic usage in U.S. hospitals has remained steady, the rate of powerful, broad spectrum antibiotics has increased at a worrisome rate, according to CDC researchers.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reviewed antibiotic usage in hospitals between 2006 and 2012, pulling data from 300 acute care hospitals that provided data for more than 34 million patient discharges.

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