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2 Additional Steps Every Doctor Should Take When Prescribing Antibiotics for Pneumonia

Pneumonia can often present similarly to other infectious diseases. What can doctors due to identify pneumonia and affectively prescribe antibiotics? CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH gives the CDC’s recommendation. The March 2014 Vital Signs report discusses prescribing antibiotics in hospitals. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses how antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing decisions also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses the best strategies to use when prescribing antibiotics.

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