Empowering appropriate antimicrobial use with rapid diagnostics.

The Consequences

There is an obvious over-prescription of antibiotics for RTI in primary care. Antibiotic prescribing puts individuals at risk from side effects, encourages help-seeking behavior for mainly self-limiting illnesses, and puts both individuals and society at risk from increasing antibiotic resistance.1 Most RTIs are harmless, self-limiting and nearly all patients recover without any specific treatment. Antibiotic treatment, in some cases, may be directly harmful due to adverse effects.2