We have good news for children and parents! According to the latest news, a clinical decision-support tool might be able to decrease the antibiotic use. The tool was developed to select the criteria associated with a child’s chances of being admitted to the hospital. Even though antibiotics have benefits, their side effects can be very dangerous for our body.
The tool is able to use child’s symptoms to find out faster what disease they are struggling with. Moreover, using a coefficient-based clinical rule, it will tell the doctors if the child needs to stay in the hospital or not. The study was made by researchers from the University of Bristol, England.
It seems that the tool is able to say if the risk is high or low. For example, those who are in the low-risk group could not take antibiotic or they do not need treatment for a long time. The author of the study said that the goal of this research was to develop a simple prediction tool, based on symptoms. It helps doctors to see what patients have the highest risk of future complications and who needs more the antibiotic.
Researchers are hoping that their clinical tool might help doctors to identify patients with lower risk or those with high risk. More research needs to be doe until they will find out how effective it is in clinical practice. Doctors and nurses should not forget to advise parents about the symptoms and signs when they seek medical help. Unfortunately, many parents do not take their children to the doctor unless the problem is getting worse. First, they stay home and try a medication that might not have any effects. Moreover, antibiotic use should be reduced because, on a long-term, it can be harmful to our body.
For the study, the median age was 3 years and there were more boys than girls. Most of the children were white and their hospital admission was 2 days. We will see what the researchers will find out and if this new tool is able to reduce the antibiotic use. Do not forget that there are other alternative treatments . You should try them because, sometimes, they proved to be more effective than pills.
There were not many hospitals that wanted to use this tool because they are not sure of its advantages. If researchers prove it can reduce the antibiotic use, things could change.
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