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Differences between medical and surgical teams on antibiotic use

Decision making in antibiotic use is conditioned by cultural and social determinants. A paper evaluated acute medical and acute surgical teams at a London teaching hospital using ethnographic techniques (i.e., a qualitative study approach). The conclusions of the study were that in surgery, the antibiotic treatment is perceived as nonsurgical intervention and delegated to junior team members, because senior surgeons are notably absent from wards – they prefer to be in the operating room. This fact leads to defensive antibiotic […]