Overdose of Antibiotics for Pneumonia Patients on Discharge
Pneumonia patients are likely
to be prescribed an overdose of antibiotics on discharge from the hospital
according to researchers at University of Michigan.
The study reported in Annals of Internal Medicine was based on records of nearly 6,500 pneumonia patients treated in 43 Michigan hospitals. Phone conversations were held with 60 % of the patients within a month of discharge.
Normally pneumonia patients need five days and those with acute symptoms may require it for seven days. Most patients who received too-long prescription got extra days' worth of pills which puts them at a risk of developing side effects and not improving care.
Nearly a third of the prescriptions given on discharge were for fluoroquinolones, a powerful group of antibiotics that carry special risk including torn tendons and ruptured arteries. If proper tests are conducted to find out which kind of bacteria has infected the lungs, the most effective medicine and treatment procedures can be followed.