Month: January 2022

ESBL Infections: A Conundrum Yet to be Figured Out

Extended spectrum-beta lactamase producing organisms are those gram negatives that make beta-lactamases that inhibit third and fourth generation cephalosporins. As such, things such as piperacillin-tazobactam tends to show up as susceptible in antibiograms, however there has been a push lately towards the use of carbapenems as therapy for infections with these organisms. It seems kind

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One or Two Antibiotics for Pseudomonas? A Look at the Data.

So, you are thinking about starting antibiotics to cover for pseudomonas? That is great. Piperacillin-tazobactam or cefepime are great choices. Perhaps ceftazidime is another one if you are feeling a bit wild. Piperacillin-tazobactam covers anaerobes while the other 2 do not, however metronidazole is a nice addition to the latter 2. Either way, these all

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Is it Aspiration Pneumonia or Aspiration Pneumonitis?

Aspiration of any content is one of those nebulous things we tend to treat, no matter what. The idea is that aspiration of any oropharyngeal contents into the lungs represents an establishment of a new infection and, thus, it needs to be treated. I think the term aspiration pneumonia is actually misunderstood, and it may

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