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AHRQ Patient Safety Network ► Diagnostic errors that lead to inappropriate antimicrobial use.

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Diagnostic errors that lead to inappropriate antimicrobial use.

Filice GA, Drekonja DM, Thurn JR, Hamann GM, Masoud BT, Johnson JR. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 May 18; [Epub ahead of print].

Overuse of antibiotics is a major factor in the development of certain types of health care–associated infections. This retrospective study found that unnecessary antibiotic use was often a result of diagnostic error, particularly in patients who were empirically treated for urinary tract infections without clear diagnostic evidence. The results of this study imply that addressing diagnostic uncertainty should be a component ofantimicrobial stewardship programs.

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