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When to switch to oral antibiotics?

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Every day on our ward rounds we make decisions to change antibiotic treatment for a presumed or proven bacterial infection from intravenous (IV) to oral. This often allows the recovering child to be discharged home, and the earlier we can make the switch, the more we can relieve pressure on our bed capacity. Historically, durations of IV treatment have been determined more by tradition and precedent than by evidence. More recently, there …

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