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Antibiotics foster resistance in individual patients. In cases where they are not necessary, is it worth the risk? This one page information sheet can be copied and distributed as you see necessary. As a matter of fact, all of the information in today's Vidyya is in the public domain. You may use any of it as you deem necessary.
For more information: Resistance And Antibiotic Use: Physician Information Sheet
This one page summary of the "CDC/AAP Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use" is a clear and concise treatment advice on the judicious use of antibiotics.
For more information: Judicious Treatment Summary For Otitis Media. Rhinitis/Sinusitis, Pharyngitis, Cough Illness/Bronchitis
Cough illness/bronchitis is principally caused by viral pathogens. Airway
inflammation and sputum production are non-specific responses and do not
imply a bacterial etiology. According to the CDC and the AAFP, if there is a cough illness in the well-appearing child, it is important to remember antibiotics are not the answer.
For more information: Cough Illness/Bronchitis: Physician Information Sheet
According to the CDC, otitis media with effusion does not require antibiotic treatment. Use this tool - "Differentiating Acute Otitis Media (AOM) from Otitis Media with Effusion (OME): A tool for promoting appropriate antibiotic use" -- to guide your decision making process.
For more information: Otitis Media: Physician Information Sheet
Parents frequently demand antibiotics when their child is stricken with otitis media. You can give them this handout to help explain why antibiotics are not always the best course of treatment.
Otitis Media With Effusion: Guide For Parents
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