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Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Risky in the NICU

Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Risky in the NICU

According to a study published April 20, 2015 in the medical journal Pediatrics, neonatal intensive care units (“NICUs”) may be administering too many antibiotics to newborns, leading to possibly life-threatening risks. Researchers from Stanford University and California Children’s Services studied 52,000 CA infants who were admitted into the NICU, and found that antibiotic administration varied 40-fold—from 2.4% to 97% of patient-days—suggesting that a considerable portion of antibiotic use was unnecessary.  Further, when comparing use of antibiotics with rates of proven infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, and mortality, researchers deduced that doctors gave antibiotics to infants even when they had no signs of infection or any surgical need. This unnecessary drug use initiates other long-term risks for newborns, such as the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, as a 2013 study out of the American Journal of Infection Control notes.

 

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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