Antibiotics in respiratory tract infections in hospital pediatric emergency departments

Claudia Guzmán Molina, Marta Velasco Rodríguez-Belvís, Albert Coroleu Bonet, Oriol Vall Combelles, Óscar García-Algar

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Background: Respiratory tract infections are one of the most frequent problems in pediatric clinics and generate an elevated prescription of antibiotics. The aim of this study was to find out the standard of care practice about antibiotic use in these infections in a pediatric emergency department and to evaluate compliance with clinical guidelines. Methods: A pediatric emergency department database was reviewed from July 2005 to October 2007 under the category "respiratory infection", including variables such as age, antibiotic prescription and compliance with current clinical recommendations. Results: Out of the 23,114 reviewed reports, 32.7% (7,567) were upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) (cold, acute otitis media [AOM], sinusitis and tonsillopharyngitis) or lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) (laryngitis, bronchitis, bronchiolitis and pneumonia). Children under the age of 2 were the most represented age group.Amongst URTI, rhinopharyngitis was the most frequent infection, while bronchitis was the most frequent among LRTI. Antibiotic therapy (mainly amoxicillin) was prescribed in 30.8% of URTI (5.7% rhinopharyngitis, 96.5% AOM, and 36.7% tonsillopharyngitis) and in 12.4% of LRTI. Conclusions: The percentage of respiratory tract infections was similar to previous studies and the antibiotic prescriptions followed current guidelines, except for cases diagnosed with AOM. Prescription compliance and clinical course of the cases should be monitored. © 2013 SEPAR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-378
JournalArchivos de Bronconeumologia
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Antibiotics
  • Emergency room
  • Lower respiratory tract infections
  • Pediatrics
  • Prescription
  • Upper respiratory tract infections


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