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Sharp Rees-Stealy Quality Measures for Treating Bronchitis With Antibiotics
What was measured?
What percentage of adults who have acute bronchitis were not given an antibiotic - medicines that often don't work for these short-term bronchial inflammations?
These results are based on patient records from the medical group or HMO.
Why is it important?
Acute bronchitis is also known as a chest cold and it is usually caused by a virus. Antibiotics do not work with viral infections. Bronchitis occurs when the tubes carrying air into the lungs become inflamed and produce mucus that can cause a cough. The cough and other signs of bronchitis last about two weeks. Antibiotics will only work or help if your infection is caused by bacteria.
Using antibiotics when they are not needed can make some bacteria become more resistant. Infections caused by resistant bacteria are harder to treat and cure.
Sharp Rees-Stealy score: 72.72 percent
State median: 51.32 percent
Information courtesy of the California Office of the Patient Advocate, 2015-16 edition.
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