5) An inadequate approach to working up a septic patient may range from the clinician failing to recognize when infection is present, to administering inappropriate empiric antibiotics, to performing an inadequate examination, and even to sending off incorrect laboratory tests or failing to order the correct tests, such as gram stain/culture, which will aid in targeting empiric treatment
Initiation of empiric treatment
for CDI pending stool toxin assay is appropriate when severe or complicated colitis is suspected.
in patients with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 should be considered in those seeking treatment for influenza-like symptoms, especially in the setting of sick contacts with respiratory illnesses.
Another study found that empiric treatment
with methotrexate did not reduce complications or save money (Fertil.
Although we cannot say specifically why our patient survived, clearly, aggressive and comprehensive empiric treatment
, physiologic support, and close multidisciplinary communication were vital to managing the condition of this critically ill patient.
BALTIMORE -- Empiric treatment
for sexually transmitted infections among adolescent girls presenting to a pediatric emergency department is high, but many patients are unreachable for follow-up and some remain unaware that they are infected, according to a 3-month baseline study.
can be used as a diagnostic trial in patients with a chronic cough.
Given the recent changes in the microbiology of AOM, empiric treatment
still focuses on the same 3 main pathogens, but the change in their frequency and resistance patterns should be taken into consideration.
Although mycobacterial and fungal stains were negative, empiric treatment
for tuberculosis was initiated, pending culture results.
Initially, empiric treatment
without biopsy might be appropriate in systemically immunocompetent patients, as long as the physician maintains close followup.
Most physicians either initiate empiric treatment
at the first visit or wait 24 to 48 hours for urine culture results.
Once submitted, data is compiled for analysis and is ultimately utilized to evaluate the efficacy of each institution's current empiric treatment
of suspected VAP cases.