Shawn Depcinski, PharmD, Antibiotic Stewardship
Right upper quadrant abdominal pain, weakness, temperature 39.1°C
Significant medical history: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), obesity
National guidelines often provide ranges for antibiotic treatment duration for infectious diseases, such as 4 to 7 days from source control for intra-abdominal infections from the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).1
It can be difficult to determine a patient-specific duration of therapy, and many providers err on the side of caution by prescribing at the upper range of recommended days of therapy. Trending PCT can provide insight on an individual basis, regarding when the infection has resolved to the point where antibiotics can be safely discontinued.
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