Empiric selection of antibiotics

G. E. Crawford

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Infection in the critical care unit is a common and important cause of prolongation of hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality. The era of antimicrobial therapy has provided us with a rapidly expanding armamentarium of powerful drugs to treat these infections more effectively than ever before, but these drugs have come at a cost of resistant organisms, rising expenditures, and drug toxicity. Antibiotic selection is more difficult because of the emergence of resistant organisms, a multiplicity of drugs available with overlapping activity, and an era of cost-consciousness. Thoughtful consideration of the most likely etiologic agents, clinical status of the patient, and drug characteristics can lead to selection of an optimal therapeutic agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalProblems in Critical Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Crawford, G. E. (1992). Empiric selection of antibiotics. Problems in Critical Care, 6(1), 1-20.