Monday, August 20, 2012
Common Antibiotic May Not Be Best For Patients With ESRD.
MedPage Today (8/17, Smith) reports, "The antibiotic most commonly prescribed for some bloodstream infections in dialysis patients may not be the best choice," according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Investigators found that "nearly 60% of a large cohort with bacteremia caused by methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) was treated with vancomycin (Vancocin)." Just "one in six patients was treated with cefazolin (Ancef), although the drug was associated with a markedly lower risk of hospital admission or death."