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Advocate for children in your hospital antimicrobial stewardship program

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In the desire to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use in hospitals, antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes may have the impact of preventing children from receiving antibiotics that they require. Children should receive antibiotics based on current guidelines using best evidence but there is a concern in some bigger hospitals where adult patients are in the majority, that children might be overlooked. The consensus from McMullen B et al (Lancet Infectious Diseases 2022 https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(22)00726-5) will be a very useful document when addressing what is happening in your hospital. They have collected experts from three global regions, but important to note, higher income countries, …

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