Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Need Improved Antibiotic Stewardship, Says Recent Study
March 24, 2017 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Researchers found that skin and soft tissue infections are the third most common condition requiring treatment with antibiotics, but prescriptions often do not follow treatment guidelines, according to a study published in the March 2017 issue of JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The study analyzed data 161 antibiotic prescriptions for SSTIs among residents of 31 nursing homes. Cellulitis, skin and soft tissue infections accompanied by infection, and abscess were diagnosed in 37%, 16%, and 18% of cases, respectively.