Antibiotic stewardship program lowered pediatric length of stay, readmission rates

October 10, 2014 2:04 PM

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Hospitalized kids go home sooner and are less likely to be readmitted when the hospital has an antibiotic stewardship program that controls antibiotic prescriptions and treatment, according to a study.

According to Jason Newland, MD, of Children's Mercy Hospital-Kansas City in Missouri, and his colleagues, among 176 kids treated for non-chronic complex care issues and without basic medical conditions, none were readmitted within thirty days if the physician accepted the recommendation of the pharm...

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