Doctors too trigger-happy with antimicrobials?

In some cases, antimicrobials have been given to patients who had no infections, but as a precaution.
In some cases, antimicrobials have been given to patients who had no infections, but as a precaution.PHOTO: ST FILE

Doctors appear to be a bit too trigger-happy when it comes to giving patients antibiotics.

A study conducted in 2015 and 2016 found that at any one time, more than half the patients in acute hospitals were on one or more antimicrobials - an umbrella term for drugs, including antibiotics, that destroy micro-organisms.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Doctors too trigger-happy with antimicrobials?'. Subscribe