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Get Smart About Antibiotics

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: When should antibiotics be prescribed?
Air Date: 11/18/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: H. Dele Davies, MD, MS
Dele DaviesAs vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean for graduate studies, Dr. H. Dele Davies is charged with enhancing UNMC's academic focus and continuing the momentum of UNMC's strong educational enterprise.

Along with his record of faculty and student mentorship, Dr. Davies has a passion for community health. During his previous tenure at Michigan State University, he created a Children's Health Initiative to improve care for children in the community through collaborative efforts. He also created an obesity council that brought diverse faculty members together to brainstorm on innovative solutions to the obesity problem. The effort led to a book titled, Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence.

Dr. Davies serves on a study section for the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that reviews training grants, has served on the scientific counselors board for the National Centers for Infectious Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as secretary-treasurer of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs.
Get Smart About Antibiotics
A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers updated guidance on treating respiratory tract infections in children, with the goal of reducing unnecessary antibiotics prescriptions.

Studies have shown that as many as 10 million antibiotic prescriptions are written each year for infections they are unlikely to help. Recent evidence shows that prescriptions for broad-spectrum antibiotics have increased, even when no antibiotics are needed or when a narrow-spectrum antibiotic would work.

Overuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance, making infections more difficult to treat.

Why is it important to understand the appropriate way to use antibiotics?

Listen in as H. Dele Davies, MD, MS, explains how you can get smart about antibiotics.
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