Delayed antibiotic prescribing for URTIs increases hospital admission risk, study shows

Delaying the prescription of antibiotics in patients with upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) is associated with an increased risk of infection-related hospital admissions and repeat antibiotic prescribing, according to the authors of a recent study.

by Lisa Lytle
There is a need to better target delayed antibiotic prescribing to URTI patients with lower risks of complications, say researchers. | Peter Zownir/GETTY IMAGES
There is a need to better target delayed antibiotic prescribing to URTI patients with lower risks of complications, say researchers. | Peter Zownir/GETTY IMAGES

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