Hospitals cut use of antibiotics, find it saves lives and money

Hospitals cut use of antibiotics, find it saves lives and money

Originally published on The Times of India

Antibiotics are so overprescribed that a Kochi hospital managed to cut down the use of antibiotics - considered the last-resort medicines for seriously ailing patients - by as much as 86% over the past two years with no adverse effect on the number of deaths.

Doctors at Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, ask patients to take antibiotics for only one day prior to surgery against the previous practice of taking them for a few days.

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