Multiplex PCR in Critically Ill Hematology Patients

Multiplex PCR in Critically Ill Hematology Patients

Presence of any virus on multiplex PCR (particularly influenza, parainfluenza, and RSV) in critically ill hematology patients was associated with an increased risk for respiratory failure and ICU mortality.

Is This Patient Really Penicillin Allergic?

Is This Patient Really Penicillin Allergic?

Penicillin allergy is a lot less common than patients report. A low-risk history could allow you to prescribe it in the ED or clinic.

I&D Only or Add Antibiotics?

I&D Only or Add Antibiotics?

Treating skin and soft tissue abscesses with antibiotics in addition to incision and drainage (I&D) resulted in significantly increased clinical cure rate (NNT = 14) and decreased incidence of new lesions (NNT = 10) compared to I&D alone.

When Will Oral Antibiotics for Cellulitis Fail?

When Will Oral Antibiotics for Cellulitis Fail?

”Tachypnea at triage, chronic ulcers, history of MRSA colonization or infection, and cellulitis within the past year,” were the risk factors associated with failure of oral antibiotic therapy for non-purulent cellulitis.

Do Topical Antibiotics Help Conjunctivitis?

Do Topical Antibiotics Help Conjunctivitis?

Topical antibiotic use for bacterial conjunctivitis was associated with improved rate of clinical cure compared to placebo. For early and late clinical cure with topical antibiotics, the NNT was 9 and 11, respectively.

Does Prednisone Help Post-herpetic Neuralgia?

Does Prednisone Help Post-herpetic Neuralgia?

Corticosteroids did not reduce the incidence of post-herpetic neuralgia at 6 months or pain severity at 3, 6, or 12 months. However, the evidence for this review was fairly weak. Two trials indicated that steroids may reduce short-term pain and speed healing at one month.

Does Acyclovir Help Post-herpetic Neuralgia?

Does Acyclovir Help Post-herpetic Neuralgia?

Acyclovir within 72-hours of onset of herpes zoster did not reduce pain from post-herpetic neuralgia better than placebo at 4 to 6-month follow up. But it likely helps with acute pain from zoster at 1-month.

Do Probiotics Plus Antibiotics Prevent C. difficile?

Do Probiotics Plus Antibiotics Prevent C. difficile?

Probiotics decrease the risk of C. difficile infection in adults and children taking antibiotics and may reduce overall adverse events like cramping, nausea, or diarrhea.

Steroids in Sepsis - ADRENAL and APROCCHSS Included in New Review

Steroids in Sepsis - ADRENAL and APROCCHSS Included in New Review

This rapid review by BMJ included ADRENAL and APROCCHSS along with 40 other RCTs and made a weak recommendation to use corticosteroids (CCS) for patients with sepsis. You’ll want to pull up the free full text with some great infographics.

Does This Patient Have Pertussis? Bedside Clues to Diagnosis

Does This Patient Have Pertussis? Bedside Clues to Diagnosis

Adults with cough <3weeks or 3-8 weeks with post-tussive vomiting or whooping should be treated for pertussis; those with fever or without paroxysmal cough should be considered to have an alternate diagnosis. Children with <4 weeks of cough and post-tussive vomiting may have pertussis, but it was much less clear than in adults.

Do We Write Antibiotic Rx Because It's Just Easier?

Do We Write Antibiotic Rx Because It's Just Easier?

It took an extra 67 seconds when not prescribing an antibiotic to patients with acute respiratory infection compared to visits in which an antibiotic was prescribed.

Dealing With the ESBL Threat - Extended Spectrum β-lactamase Enterobacteriaceae

Dealing With the ESBL Threat - Extended Spectrum β-lactamase Enterobacteriaceae

Highly resistant, extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) producing Enterobacteriaceae in the urine are becoming increasingly common in unexpected patients in the ED.

Vancomycin/Piperacillin-Tazobactam and AKI

Vancomycin/Piperacillin-Tazobactam and AKI

The combination of vancomycin plus piperacillin-tazobactam (VPT) was associated with increased risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) compared to either drug as monotherapy or other vancomycin - β-lactam combinations, NNH = 11.

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