… as does policy on antibioticsBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2738 (Published 08 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2738
- Gavin Barlow, consultant physician in infectious diseases1,
- Peter Moss, consultant physician in infectious diseases1
- 1Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 5JT
The Department of Health recently published a pathway for the hospital management of adults with swine flu.1 2 We have serious reservations about the antibiotic recommendations.
The pathway recommends that all patients attending hospitals with “flu-like illness” receive an antibiotic regardless of the severity of illness or whether secondary bacterial infection is likely. It also states that …