Am J Med. 2022 Mar 30:S0002-9343(22)00246-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2022.03.019. Online ahead of print.
Antimicrobial agents are among the most frequently prescribed medications during hospitalization. However, approximately 30 to 50% or more of inpatient antimicrobial use is unnecessary or suboptimal. Herein, we describe ten common myths of diagnosis and management that often occur in the hospital setting. Further, we discuss supporting data to dispel each of these myths. This analysis will provide hospitalists and other clinicians with a foundation for rational decision-making regarding antimicrobial use and support antimicrobial stewardship efforts at both the patient and institutional levels.