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2 Additional Steps Every Doctor Should Take When Prescribing for MRSA Infections

Strategies for improving antibiotic use and evidence for best practices are constantly evolving. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH addresses 2 additional steps every doctor should take when prescribing for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. 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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