The goal of these recent recommendations is to lessen the frequency of antibiotic use, only prescribing them when there is a certain diagnosis of AOM and/or if the patient is at a higher risk for serious bacterial infection, recognizing that less ill patients may be experiencing a viral or less virulent bacterial infection. Taking these measures will reduce exposure to unnecessary antibiotics, slowing the increase in bacterial resistance, without harm to the patient.
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Dr. David C. Turell wrote “Acute Otitis Media in Children.” Dr. Turell is a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic, Pediatric Urgent Care, Department of General Pediatrics, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Robert C. Solomon is Medical Editor in Chief of ACEP News and editor of the “Focus On… Critical Decisions” series, core faculty in the emergency medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., and assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Mary Anne Mitchell is an ACEP staff member who reviews and manages the ACEP “Focus On… Critical Decisions” series.
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