Use of antibiotics in the management of sore throat
Ann Elizabeth Wilkinson Emergency nurse practitioner, Minor injuries unit, Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital, Tamworth, Staffordshire, part of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ann Wilkinson describes how urgent care staff should manage people with sore throat and warns of the dangers of antibiotic resistance
As the number of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria rises, it becomes crucial that decisions about the use of antibiotics are based on sound evidence. This article offers a case study to explore the treatment of patients with sore throat who present to minor injury settings. It describes some ‘red flag’ presentations, discusses the pros and cons of prescribing antibiotics for sore throat, and describes some scoring systems that can help differentiate between bacterial and viral throat infections.
Emergency Nurse. 22, 10, 34-37. doi: 10.7748/en.22.10.34.e1410Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 25 December 2014
Accepted: 24 February 2015