Researchers Discover Big Variation in Antibiotic Use to Treat Newborn Infection

April 20, 2015 9:00 PM

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Antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections and can vary in intensity based on type. Because it’s important to monitor use of any sort of medication in newborns, researchers from California decided to look into how intensive care units use antibiotics in our youngest humans.

This was the largest study of its kind, examining care at 127 NICUs for 52,061 infants who spent a total of 746,051 days in the hospital. While researchers had expected some variation in antibiotic use, they said they were surprised by the extent to which antibiotic use differed.

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