Adv Emerg Nurs J 2016 Oct/Dec;38(4):327-335
Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina (Drs Link and Hendrix); FastMed Urgent Care, Holly Springs, North Carolina (Dr Link); Department of Pharmacy, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical (Dr Townsend), and Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (Dr Hendrix), Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; FastMed Urgent Care, Henderson, North Carolina (Dr Leung); and FastMed Urgent Care, Clayton, North Carolina (Dr Kommu).
Acute bronchitis is a predominantly viral illness and, according to clinical practice guidelines, should not be treated with antibiotics. Despite clear guidelines, acute bronchitis continues to be the most common acute respiratory illness for which antibiotics are incorrectly prescribed. Although the national benchmark for antibiotic prescribing for adults with acute bronchitis is 0%, a preliminary record review before implementing the intervention at the project setting showed that 96% (N = 30) of adults with acute bronchitis in this setting were prescribed an antibiotic. Read More