Pneumonia is the most common indication for antibiotic use in hospitalized children.1 National guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) recommend penicillin, amoxicillin, and ampicillin as first-line agents for children hospitalized with CAP.2 Although use of these agents for CAP is increasing in children’s hospitals,3 antibiotic prescribing trends for children admitted to non-children’s hospitals, where 70% of hospitalized children receive care,4 are unknown. We compared antibiotic prescribing for CAP between hospital types before and after guideline publication in 2011.
Tribble AC, Ross RK, Gerber JS. Comparison of Antibiotic Prescribing for Pediatric Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Children’s and Non-Children’s Hospitals. JAMA Pediatr. Published online December 10, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4270
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