CQIP QIck Talks Cohort 1 - Dr. Peermohamed: Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic Use in the ICU
Broad spectrum antibiotics.
What is a broad spectrum antibiotic? Name one such antibiotic.
What are broad spectrum antibiotics?
What is meant by the term broad spectrum antibiotics ? Explain....
The term broad-spectrum antibiotic can refer to an antibiotic that acts on the two major bacterial groups, gram-positive and gram-negative, or any antibiotic that acts against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria. These medications are used when a bacterial infection is suspected but the group of bacteria is unknown or when infection with multiple groups of bacteria is suspected. This is in contrast to a narrow-spectrum antibiotic, which is effective against only a specific group of bacteria. Although powerful, broad-spectrum antibiotics pose specific risks, particularly the disruption of native, normal bacteria and the development of antimicrobial resistance. An example of a commonly used broad-spectrum antibiotic is ampicillin.