Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 1:ciab872. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab872. Online ahead of print.
In clinical scenario surveys, inpatient providers were more likely to continue inappropriate antibiotic therapy (OR 2.02; 95% CI 1.35-3.03, p<0.001) or broad therapy (OR 1.8; 95%CI 1.27-2.56, p=0.001) when initiated by ED providers, as compared to appropriate or narrow antibiotics, respectively. Antibiotic inertia could represent a significant antibiotic stewardship target.