Letters Antibiotic resistance in children with E coli urinary tract infection

The need to base empirical antibiotic regimens on clinical cure rates

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1871 (Published 06 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1871
  1. Andrew Kirby, microbiologist
  1. Old Medical School, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK
  1. a.kirby{at}leeds.ac.uk

The prevalence of antibiotic resistance is important information commonly relied on when choosing empirical antibiotic regimens. But too much is being asked of these laboratory data, which should not dictate empirical antibiotic regimens.

Laboratory determined antibiotic resistance rates are a product of policies for the microbiological testing of infections and antibiotic …

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