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3 Steps Every Doctor Should Take When Prescribing Antibiotics For Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections pose a specific challenge to doctors prescribing antibiotics. In this video, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH addresses the 3 steps every doctor should take when treating urinary tract infections with antibiotics. 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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