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Better-Targeted Clinical Test Cuts Antibiotic Use for Sore Throats



November 11, 2013 | The FeverPAIN clinical test, when applied to patients complaining of sore throats, can offer greater precision in prescribing antibiotics without complicating clinicians' workloads. At the University of Southampton, a study of over 600 patients with sore throats showed that using the five-point FeverPAIN test to sort patients into immediate prescription, delayed prescription, and no prescription groups reduced antibiotic consumption by 30% over writing every patient a delayed prescription. Patients most likely to be suffering from a severe Streptococcus infection received immediate relief, while patients whose sore throats may have had other causes were less likely to use non-indicated antibiotics. In addition, the FeverPAIN test was just as effective at reducing antibiotic consumption when used alone as it was in tandem with a targeted rapid antigen test for the most common sore throat-causing Streptococcus strain, a more expensive and time-consuming clinical procedure. University of Southampton
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