PCT, viral PCR and computer alert: a winning association to reduce antibiotic exposure.

Use of procalcitonin and a respiratory polymerase chain reaction panel to reduce antibiotic use via an EMR alert.

  • Moradi T. et al.
  • Rédigé par : Dr Philippe Lesprit
Viral respiratory infections are a common cause of antibiotic prescribing, including in hospitals. Tools such as procalcitonin assay (PCT) or PCR virus testing are now available and should reduce unjustified antibiotic therapies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the value of a computerized alert encouraging physicians to stop antibiotic therapy in cases of PCT < 0.25 ng/ml associa...
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