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Is shorter always better ? The pros and cons of treating Gram-negative bloodstream infections with 7 days of antibiotics

Published inJAC-antimicrobial resistance, vol. 4, no. 3, dlac058
Publication date2022-06-01
First online date2022-06-16
Abstract

Accumulating evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) supports 7 days treatment for uncomplicated Gram-negative bacteraemia. However, some patient populations were not well represented in these RCTs, including critically ill patients, immunocompromised patients and those with MDR bacteria. In this debate document, we discuss the pros and cons for treating patients with Gram-negative bacteraemia with a 7 day antibiotic course. We surmise that the patients who were not well represented in the RCTs are probably those who have most to lose from the drawbacks of prolonged antibiotic courses, including adverse events, superinfections and resistance development. Treatment durations among these patients can be managed individually, with C-reactive protein or procalcitonin guidance or by clinical measures, and with care to discontinue antibiotics as soon as the patient recovers clinically from the infection.

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YAHAV, Dafna et al. Is shorter always better ? The pros and cons of treating Gram-negative bloodstream infections with 7 days of antibiotics. In: JAC-antimicrobial resistance, 2022, vol. 4, n° 3, p. dlac058. doi: 10.1093/jacamr/dlac058
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