A new study of European emergency departments has found that antibiotic prescribing for children who show up with a fever varies widely across the continent, and many of those children are discharged with a broad-spectrum antibiotic. The findings appeared yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The cross-sectional, observational analysis of more than 5,100 children admitted to 28 emergency departments in 11 countries across Europe over a 16-month period found that about a third of the children who presented with a fever but no other illnesses received an antibiotic on discharge, with the prescribing frequency ranging from 19% in Switzerland to 64% in Turkey.

More than 60% of those prescriptions, which were written mainly for respiratory tract infections, were for second-line antibiotics.

Maksym Kozlenko [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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Feb 28 Lancet Infect Dis study

Feb 28 Lancet Infect Dis commentary