Principles For Prescribing Antimicrobials
  • Use only when there is an indication.
  • Use only when the risk/benefit balance is favorable.
  • It is not a substitute for establishing adequate drainage.
  • Choose the narrowest spectrum drug that will be effective.
  • Prescribe an adequate dose.
  • Prescribe for appropriate duration.
  • Choose the drug with the fewest side effects.
  • Choose the least expensive agent.

    Additional considerations:

    • Consider laboratory identification and sensitivity tests to target specific bacteria with antibiotics identified as effective.
    • Recognize that antibiotics encourage development of resistance if used for too long and/or at sub-optimal doses.
    • Consider alternatives to antibiotics such as topical debridement and application of topical antiseptics.