UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco: 2016 Empiric Antimicrobial Therapy Guidelines

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These guidelines were developed to inform initial selection of empiric antimicrobial therapy for children at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco and affilitated outpatient sites. The guidelines were developed by the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in collaboration with multiple clinical groups. They represent consensus based on evidence-based guidelines and local microbiology and susceptibility patterns.

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Critical Illness/Life-Threatening Infections 

Neonatal Infections 

Outpatient Infections 

Guidelines by Infection Category: 

Bone and Joint Infections

Osteomyelitis

Septic Arthritis

CNS Infections

Meningitis

Brain Abscess

Gastrointestinal Infections

Bacterial Gastroenteritis

Clostridium difficile Associated Diarrhea

Helicobacter pylori Infection

Fever in Oncology and BMT Patients

Fever and Neutropenia

Non-Neutropenic Fever

Fever Without a Source

Young Febrile Infant

Head and Neck Infections

Dental Infection

Peritonsillar/Retropharyngeal Abscess

Lymphadenitis

Mastoiditis

Conjunctivitis

Orbital Cellulitis/Abscess

Periorbital/Preseptal Cellulitis

Intra-Abdominal Infections

Appendicitis, Other Community-Onset Intra-Abdominal Infection

Healthcare-Associated Intra-Abdominal Infection

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Respiratory Infections

Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Aspiration Pneumonia

Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia

Pertussis

Acute Otitis Media

Streptococcal Pharyngitis

Acute Bacterial Sinusitis

Severe Sepsis

Previously Healthy Infant or Child

Hospitalized Neonate (ICN)

Child with Healthcare Exposure or Comorbidities including Oncology/BMT Patient

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

Abscess or Purulent Cellulitis

Cellulitis, Non-Purulent

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Bite Wound

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea, Uncomplicated

Herpes Simplex Virus Infections (see "Mucocutaneous HSV")

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Syphilis

Trichomoniasis

Urinary Tract Infections

Community-Onset Urinary Tract Infection

Hospital-Onset Urinary Tract Infection

Viral Infections

Influenza

Herpes Simpex Virus Infections

Varicella-Zoster Virus Infections

Special Sections

Assessment of Antibiotic Allergies

Antibiotic Spectrum Guide

 

For questions or feedback about these guidelines, please email Rachel Wattier (rachel.wattier@ucsf.edu)