The Call for Shorter Durations of Antibiotics

Target Audience

Family Medicine Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians, Hospitalists, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Nurse Practitioners, and all other prescribing providers.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the risks versus benefits of long and short antibiotic courses.
  • Identify examples of infection types that can be considered for shorter antibiotic courses.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Hayashi, Y., & Paterson, D. L. (2011). Strategies for reduction in duration of antibiotic use in hospitalized patients. Clin Infect Dis, 52(10), 1232-1240. 
  • Spellberg, B. (2016). The New Antibiotic Mantra-"Shorter Is Better". JAMA Intern Med, 176(9), 1254-1255. 
  • Teshome, B. F., Vouri, S. M., Hampton, N., Kollef, M. H., & Micek, S. T. (2019). Duration of Exposure to Antipseudomonal beta-Lactam Antibiotics in the Critically Ill and Development of New Resistance. Pharmacotherapy, 39(3), 261-270. 
     
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.25 Nurse Practitioners
  • 0.25 Florida Board of Pharmacy
Course opens: 
11/01/2022
Course expires: 
08/31/2025

Timothy P. Gauthier, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP    
Director, ID PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program 
Manager, Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Program
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami, Florida

Richard L. Levine, M.D.
Infectious Disease Specialist
Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital and South Miami Hospital
Chairman, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Doctors Hospital
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami, Florida

Timothy P. Gauthier, Pharm. D., BCPS, BCIDP, faculty for this educational activity, is a consultant with Pattern Biosciences (formerly Klaris Diagnostics), DoseMeRx by Tabula Rasa, Pfizer and MeMed. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.

Richard L. Levine, M.D., faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

Mark Hauser, M.D., conference director for this activity, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*. 

*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.25 Nurse Practitioners
  • 0.25 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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