Interviewee: Rebecca Davis
James talks to Dr Rebecca Davis on the use of antibiotics on the wards.
Rebecca is a Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has an interest in infections in immunocompromised patients and has been involved in teaching about rational use of antibiotics over many years.
With Dr Rebecca Davis, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Antibiotics are typically prescribed in one of two different scenarios
To prevent infection, prophylactic antibiotics should target the most likely micro-organisms that pose risk to the patient, and for the shortest duration possible
To treat suspected or confirmed infection, you should first try to find a focus (e.g. respiratory, urinary) and consider the severity of infection
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