Effect of the Procalcitonin Assay on Antibiotic Use in Critically Ill Children.
J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc
We retrospectively studied the effect of introducing procalcitonin into clinical practice on antibiotic use within a large academic pediatric intensive care unit. In the absence of a standardized algorithm, availability of the procalcitonin assay did not reduce the frequency of antibiotic initiations or the continuation of antibiotics for greater than 72 hours.
Anti-Bacterial Agents, Bacterial Infections, Biomarkers, Calcitonin, Child, Critical Illness, Hospitals, Pediatric, Humans, Intensive Care Units, Pediatric, Medical Overuse, Pennsylvania, Practice Patterns, Physicians', Retrospective Studies
Ross, R., Keele, L., Kubis, S., Lautz, A., Dziorny, A., Denson, A., O'Connor, K., Chilutti, M., Weiss, S., & Gerber, J. (2018). Effect of the Procalcitonin Assay on Antibiotic Use in Critically Ill Children.. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc, 7 (2), 43-43. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/piy004