How can I choose antibiotics more wisely?
Monday November 30, 2020 from

Todd C. Lee, Canada

Associate Professor of Medicine

Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases

McGill University Health Centre


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This session will use cases and discussion to review several of the "Choosing Wisely Canada" declarative statements surrounding antibiotic use. The goal of the session is to expose participants to the concepts of: avoiding the use of antibiotics for non-bacterial diseases through the use of a "viral prescription", on some strategies for minimizing uneccessary broad-spectrum antibiotic use, on the evidence in favor or oral antibiotics in place of intravenous preparations, and on a review of the many areas where shorter course therapy is likely sufficient.


As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize opportunities to avoid the use of antibiotics for non-bacterial diseases
  2. Feel empowered to use narrower spectrum therapy
  3. Know drugs which maximize use of the oral route
  4. Be aware of the evidence in favor or short(er) course therapies
Recommended Reading Websites
Using Antibiotics Wisely - Choosing Wisely Canada

AMMI Canada campaign for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

Lectures by Todd C. Lee

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