CDC: Half of US hospital patients taking antibiotics; 25 percent on 2 or more
A new study by researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows just how often some hospital patients are given multiple antibiotics. According to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, half of all hospitalized patients receive at least one antimicrobial drug on a given day, most for treating a variety of infections. Half of those patients receive more than one antimicrobial drug, and more than 5 percent take four or more antimicrobial drugs. The most surprising finding was that of the 83 different antimicrobial drugs used, just four accounted for 45 percent of the treatments.
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