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When to Use Antibiotics: Persistent Cough Case Study for Nurse Practitioners

Nov 26, 2019

It's 2 p.m., the medical assistant comes to your office and lets you know your next patient is ready, and they're here because they "need antibiotics" ...

... But do they? Or don't they?

They've "had a cold" or "a nasty cough" for over three weeks now.

... they've "tried everything," and "got an antibiotic last time."

Are you seeing this every day now, too? 'Tis the season.

This week's case study is all about that sticky situation:

  • Productive cough for over 3 weeks ("subacute")
  • What the differentials are
  • What to do about it (and who actually needs antibiotics)

(FYI: to slow down the audio speed, hit the gear symbol in the bottom right corner and change it to .75x or .5x. Closed captions are also located at the bottom R hand corner of the video.)

Once you've watched, I'd love to hear from you.

What is one tip that you can take and apply to your practice to help with this chief complaint? I'd love to know!

Leave me a comment below. Be sure to share your thought directly in the comments, no links or videos as they may be removed.

Thanks so much for watching. Hang in there, and I'll see you soon.


Read the full transcript HERE

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