Rational antibiotic treatment - CRP guided therapy

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Infections are one of the 3 main killers of neonates! An infection can be deadly for newborns in as short as a couple of hours. Today roughtly 2/3 of neonates admitted to neonatal units in developing countries are put on antibiotic treatment. Because cultures and blood investigations are too expensive or unavailable, treatment is continued as long as possible, but rarely according to rational recommendations.

Treatment often stops when parents cannot pay further, and this may lead to relapse and death. On the other hand, many babies are kept too long on antibiotics, because it is impossible to exclude a bacterial infection.

This projects aims to demonstrate that one single blood exam may well reduce numerous unnecessary treatments and, at the same time, help to better focus on full treatment of those who really have an infection.

SOIGENŠ ZERC 2013