Uveitis presents particular problems for ophthalmologists. Inflammation inside the eye can occur from so many causes that the diagnosis often requires painstaking, time-consuming investigation. As researchers have learned more about the disease, the possible etiologies and treatments have multiplied.
Earlier this year, the Obama Administration announced a 5-year plan to combat antibiotic resistance. The Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship was created to meet this "growing public health threat" and to reduce the misuse of antibiotics.
A recent study published in Optometry and Vision Science supported the biocompatibility of contact lenses coated with an antimicrobial peptide, which could help lower the risk of contact lens-related infections.
Antimicrobial stewardship teams that include infectious disease (ID) pharmacists and physicians in hospital settings can encourage more judicious use of antibiotics, resulting in lower mortality and cost savings, according to a report published online for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.
Antibiotic prophylaxis with trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole significantly reduces the risk of recurrence of urinary tract infection (UTI) in children with vesicoureteral reflux after UTI, but does not reduce the risk of renal scarring, according to a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
I thoroughly enjoyed the lead article about “antimicrobial stewardship” in the October edition of Dermatology Times (“Antimicrobial stewardship: How dermatologists can be part of the solution, Vol. 34, No. 10). It succinctly and effectively detailed that for healthcare providers in general and dermatologists in specific, it is our duty to utilize antimicrobials appropriately.