Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group
Sharp Rees-Stealy Quality Measures for Treating Children With Upper Respiratory Infections
What was measured?
What percentage of children ages 3 months to 18 years who had an upper respiratory infection (common cold) were not given antibiotics? Antibiotics are not recommended for upper respiratory infections (URIs) because URIs are caused by viruses, and antibiotics don't work against viruses.
These results are based on patient records from the medical group or HMO.
Why is it important?
The common cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. Since colds are caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help. Antibiotics will only help your child's upper respiratory infection if it is caused by bacteria. Each year about 1 out of 5 children wrongly receives antibiotics for a cold. Using antibiotics when they are not needed can make some bacteria become more resistant to the antibiotic. Infections caused by resistant bacteria are harder to treat and cure.
Sharp Rees-Stealy score: 98.18 percent
State median: 95.62 percent
Information courtesy of the California Office of the Patient Advocate, 2015-16 edition.
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