Principles of Therapy

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General Principles

  • Infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites and can involve any organ system.
  • Rising antimicrobial resistance is an urgent problem. Antimicrobials should be used carefully and only when indicated. Antimicrobial stewardship combats drug resistance, avoids adverse effects, and curbs excess cost.
  • Infectious disease consultation reduces mortality and can aid with diagnosis and management of complicated infectious diseases and monitoring of antimicrobial therapy.1

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General Principles

  • Infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites and can involve any organ system.
  • Rising antimicrobial resistance is an urgent problem. Antimicrobials should be used carefully and only when indicated. Antimicrobial stewardship combats drug resistance, avoids adverse effects, and curbs excess cost.
  • Infectious disease consultation reduces mortality and can aid with diagnosis and management of complicated infectious diseases and monitoring of antimicrobial therapy.1

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