CRP testing to guide antimicrobial prescribing in COPDPosted on: 27 Sep 2019
Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing encourages the development of resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for exacerbations of COPD, however a large number of exacerbations are caused by non-infective agents.
In this study from the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors set out to establish whether point of care C-reactive protein (CRP) testing can be used to guide antimicrobial prescribing for exacerbations of COPD.
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The podcast features an exclusive interview between Carol Stonham and Nick Francis, one of the study authors, about this award-winning research and its key findings.
The results of this study have wide-ranging implications for how clinicians manage patients with COPD exacerbations and NICE are considering whether to update the guideline [NG115] to include recommendations on CRP testing. In addition to the clinical benefits, Nick Francis and Carol Stonham discuss the potential cost savings for PCNs.