Effect of the Procalcitonin Assay on Antibiotic Use in Critically Ill Children.

TitleEffect of the Procalcitonin Assay on Antibiotic Use in Critically Ill Children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsRoss RK, Keele L, Kubis S, Lautz AJ, Dziorny AC, Denson AR, O'Connor KA, Chilutti MR, Weiss SL, Gerber JS
JournalJ Pediatric Infect Dis Soc
Volume7
Start Pagee43
Issue2
Paginatione430e46
Date Published2018 May 15
ISSN2048-7207
Abstract

We retrospectively studied the effect of introducing procalcitonin into clinical practice on antibiotic use within a large academic pediatric intensive care unit. In the absence of a standardized algorithm, availability of the procalcitonin assay did not reduce the frequency of antibiotic initiations or the continuation of antibiotics for greater than 72 hours.

DOI10.1093/jpids/piy004
Alternate JournalJ Pediatric Infect Dis Soc
PubMed ID29529219