Antibiotics

Chapter

Abstract

• Antibiotics are not anti-pyretic agents … they should be used only when bacterial infection is strongly suspected! (see Chapters 10 and 13).

• Initial appropriate anti-microbial coverage is the most important factor affecting outcome in patients with sepsis.

• Combination anti-microbial therapy is the most effective mechanism of providing empiric broad coverage in critically ill septic patients.

Keywords

Pneumonia Cephalosporin Metronidazole Cholangitis Doxycycline 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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