ASAP IV Oral Antibiotic Duration
ANZPID-ASAP Guidelines for Antibiotic Duration and IV-Oral Switch in Children
Authors: The ANZPID-ASAP Group
Publisher: The Lancet Infectious Diseases
In the context of a global antibiotic resistance crisis, better evidence-based use of antibiotics has become imperative. This review and guideline provides practical and evidence-based advice on intravenous and oral duration of antibiotics for 36 paediatric infections. This document is the result of a large collaborative effort between the 22 contributing authors, the ANZPID-ASAP members who reviewed the review, and the journal editors who have brought this to publication.
The president of ASID Professor Cheryl Jones said, "These are a highly valuable series of evidence-based recommendations to guide when and how to step down from intravenous to oral antibiotics in childhood infections."
The impact of the review on patient management globally is also anticipated. "The opportunity to have these evidence-based recommendations in one location will be tremendously helpful," said Professor David W. Kimberlin, immediate past president of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), which is ASID’s North American counterpart, and guest speaker at this year's ASM. "They likely will lead to management changes well beyond Australia."
Access to the guideline
Systematic review: The Lancet Infectious Diseases has made the review free to access (link) and the guideline is in an edited table within the article.
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