By Kelly Young
As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the Infectious Diseases Society of America has released its list of five tests and treatments that physicians and patients should question:
- Antibiotics should not be used to treat asymptomatic bacteriuria.
- Physicians should avoid prescribing antibiotics for upper respiratory infections since most are viral.
- Antibiotics should be avoided for stasis dermatitis of lower extremities. The standard of care is leg elevation plus compression.
- In the absence of diarrhea, physicians should not test for Clostridium difficile.
- Antibiotic prophylaxis should not be given to patients with mitral valve prolapse to prevent infective endocarditis.