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Lauri A. Hicks


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Road

Atlanta, Georgia,30333

United States

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. As the U.S. science-based public health and disease prevention agency, the CDC plays an essential role in implem...more

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"Antibiotics are a shared resource - and, for some infections, are becoming a scarce resource," says Dr. Lauri Hicks, medical director for CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program. [cached]

"Setting a national target to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use in outpatient settings is a critical first step to improve antibiotic use and protect patients," said Lauri Hicks, D.O., director of the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC, and commander in the U.S. Public Health Service.
"We must continue to work together across the entire health care continuum to make sure that antibiotics are prescribed only when needed, and when an antibiotic is needed that the right antibiotic, dose, and duration are selected," Hicks added. [cached]

Southern states have the highest rates of obesity and diabetes, and diabetics tend to have more infections than other people, noted the CDC's Dr. Lauri Hicks, one of the study's authors.
"So some of that prescribing may be warranted," she said. "Some of the prescribing may not be warranted," Hicks said. [cached]

In certain cases, an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease can be an "unfortunate consequence of something that's intended to protect public health," said Dr. Lauri Hicks, a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Consequently, "bacteria may be thriving in the pipes near the shower head, but not in the hot water heater itself," Hicks said. [cached]

During the past decade, antibiotic use frequency has decreased, albeit mostly in children, and adults continue to be commonly inappropriately prescribed antibiotics, according to Lauri Hicks, DO, a medical epidemiologist in the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and the medical director for the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program.
Since roughly one-half of prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary or inappropriate, it's critical that physicians use such medications only when indicated and consider whether they're choosing the appropriate antibiotic for each patient. Physicians frequently prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory infections. Although they generally recognize that the majority of these infections are viral, they prescribe antibiotics anyway. "The reasons for this high frequency of inappropriate prescribing are complex," Hicks says. "The most common justifications are diagnostic uncertainty, severe illness, and concern for patient satisfaction during their visit." Patient satisfaction is important on many levels, but prescribing antibiotics when they're not warranted isn't a solution. "It's important that physicians validate their patients' concerns and communicate their findings as they complete the physical exam," Hicks says. Education is vital so the patient can understand why medication cannot be prescribed. The CDC has print materials that can be provided to patients (available at so they can review the information and be more knowledgeable about their physicians' orders. Alternate solutions for ensuring patient satisfaction include prescribing treatment for specific symptoms (eg, congestion, runny nose), suggesting over-the-counter remedies, and providing a delayed prescription (in which a prescription is given to the patient to be filled at a later date if symptoms do not improve). Delayed prescribing efficacy, especially when used in concert with print education materials, has been supported by a 2005 Cochrane Review article, according to Hicks. It's also important to inform patients that taking antibiotics can result in negative side effects, such as diarrhea, upset stomach, vaginitis, and interactions with other medications, and they can kill off the body's natural population of bacteria. In addition, Clostridium difficile, a serious diarrheal infection, is associated with antibiotic use and causes at least 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths every year. This knowledge may help keep patients from pushing for an antibiotic when it's unnecessary. "Whether or not antibiotics are prescribed, it is important to provide specific recommendations for symptomatic relief," Hicks says. She says the CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program provides prescriptionlike notepads on which over-the-counter recommendations and a diagnosis can be written to help patients remember what the physician has recommended. "Diligent hand-washing and personal hygiene practices by physicians and patients are always important for infection prevention," Hicks says. While the antimicrobial chemical exposure from hand washing will induce antibiotic-resistance mechanisms in bacteria, this generally doesn't present a threat to human health. The benefit of infection prevention and personal hygiene outweigh the harms. "Furthermore," Hicks says, "keeping up-to-date with vaccines is a fantastic way to prevent infections before they occur.

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