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Antimicrobial stewardship essential for hospitalized patients with asthma

KEY POINT

Adult patients who received antibiotics within 2 days of being hospitalized for an asthma exacerbation had extended hospital stays, higher hospital costs, higher rates of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and a similar risk of treatment failure compared with those who did not receive antibiotics or received them later in their hospitalization, according to results of an observational study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.