Reasons for Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Explored in Elderly

Constitutional symptoms, including mentation, often lead to diagnostic testing and potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in older patients suspected of having a urinary tract infection (UTI) or pneumonia, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

IDSA — Physicians Overlooking Valley Fever in Many Patients

Clinicians should suspect coccidioidomycosis, also known as San Joaquin Valley fever, in patients with pneumonia or ongoing flu-like symptoms who live in or have visited the west or southwest United States, especially Arizona and central California, according to updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases.