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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 37% of all antibiotic use in hospitals may be inappropriate, and reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescribing is now considered an urgent national priority.1,2 In the United States alone, asthma exacerbations led to 1.8 million emergency department visits and 400 000 hospitalizations annually.3 Although guidelines recommend against prescribing antibiotics during exacerbations of asthma in the absence of concurrent infection, little is known about the use of antibiotics in routine clinical practice.4,5
Lindenauer PK, Stefan MS, Feemster LC, Shieh M, Carson SS, Au DH, Krishnan JA. Use of Antibiotics Among Patients Hospitalized for Exacerbations of Asthma. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(9):1397-1400. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4050