Carl Carus University Hospital

Dresden, Germany

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Dresden, Germany

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Lehmann C.,University of Cologne | Lehmann C.,German Center for Infection Research | Berner R.,TU Dresden | Bogner J.R.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | And 14 more authors.
Infection | Year: 2017

Objective: “Choosing Wisely” is a growing international campaign aiming at practice changes to improve patient health and safety by both, conduct of essential and avoidance of unnecessary diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic procedures. The goal is to create an easily recognizable and distributable list (“Choosing Wisely items”) that addresses common over- and underuse in the management of infectious diseases. Methods: The German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI) participates in the campaign “Klug Entscheiden” by the German Society of Internal Medicine. Committee members of the (DGI) listed potential ‘Choosing Wisely items’. Topics were subjected to systematic evidence review and top ten items were selected for appropriateness. Five positive and negative recommendations were approved via individual member vote. Results: The final recommendations are: (1) Imperatively start antimicrobial treatment and remove the focus in Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection. (2) Critically ill patients with signs of infection need early appropriate antibiotic therapy. (3) Annual influenza vaccination should be given to individuals with age >60 years, patients with specific co-morbidities and to contact persons who may spread influenza to others. (4) All children should receive measles vaccine. (5) Prefer oral formulations of highly bioavailable antimicrobials whenever possible. (6) Avoid prescribing antibiotics for uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections. (7) Do not treat asymptomatic bacteriuria with antibiotics. (8) Do not treat Candida detected in respiratory or gastrointestinal tract specimens. (9) Do not prolong prophylactic administration of antibiotics in patients after they have left the operating room. (10) Do not treat an elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) or procalcitonin with antibiotics for patients without signs of infection. Conclusions: Physicians will reduce potential harm to patients and increase the value of health care when implementing these recommendations. © 2017 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg


Rieg S.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | Kupper M.F.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | de With K.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | de With K.,Carl Carus University Hospital | And 4 more authors.
BMC Infectious Diseases | Year: 2015

Background: Multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli and other enteric bacteria producing extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL) have emerged as an important cause of invasive infection. Targeting the primary (intestinal) niche by decolonization may be a valuable approach to decrease the risk of relapsing infections and to reduce transmission of ESBL-producing enteric pathogens. Methods: In a retrospective observational study we evaluated the efficacy of intestinal decolonization treatment using orally administered colistin or other non-absorbable agents given for 2 to 4 weeks in adult patients with previous relapsing infection and persistent intestinal colonization with ESBL-positive Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E). Eradication success was defined as negative rectal swab or stool culture at the end of treatment and at follow up-2 weeks after treatment discontinuation. Results: First-line decolonization treatment led to eradication of ESBL-E in 19/45 patients (42 %, 7/18 low-dose [4 × 1 million units] colistin, 3/12 high-dose [4 × 2 million units] colistin, 9/15 rifaximin [2 × 400 mg]), and secondary/salvage treatment was successful in 8/13 patients (62 %, 20 treatment episodes). Late follow-up showed that 7/13 patients (54 %) with successful initial or salvage decolonization became recolonized within 3 months after post-treatment assessment while all eight of the patients failing initial or salvage decolonization treatment with late follow-up remained colonized. A narrative review of the literature confirms the limited efficacy of non-absorbable antibiotics including conventional selective digestive tract decolonization (SDD)-like combination regimens for eradicating multidrug-resistant enteric bacteria from the intestinal tract. Conclusions: At present, there is no clear evidence of a significant decolonization efficacy using single-drug treatment with oral non-absorbable antibiotics. More effective regimens are needed and a better definition of at risk patients is required for planning meaningful randomized controlled studies in this field. © 2015 Rieg et al.

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