It has been reported that appropriateness of antibacterial use in the community, as opposed to the hospital setting, has not been well studied . Also, DUE in the outpatient environment is not as well established as in the inpatient setting . From that perspective, data from this DUE would be expected to provide useful information in a field for which such data are missing. It should however be noted that the results apply to the military setting, which only partially reflects the general population because both pediatric and geriatric patients are de facto excluded from the sample. Accordingly, data reported in this DUE may be difficult to compare. ventolin inhalers
As indicated above, a wide range of conditions was encountered by military prescribers. However, the majority (73%) of the prescriptions analyzed were for the treatment of infections related to the respiratory system. This is consistant with what the literature reports. Indeed, in 1992 McCaig and Hughes reported that five diagnoses accounted for 76% of total antimicrobial prescriptions in office-based medical practice in the United States. All were related to the respiratory system: OM (21%), upper respiratory tract infections (16%), bronchitis (15%), pharyngitis (12%) and sinusitis (12%).