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Mareau J, Alexander B, Egge J, Heintz B, Suzuki H, Livorsi DJ. Eligibility for and Use of Oral Antimicrobial Therapy Among Veterans With Osteoarticular Infections: A Retrospective Study Across 8 Medical Centers. Open forum infectious diseases. 2022 Sep 1; 9(9):ofac450.
We retrospectively evaluated antimicrobial therapy in 145 randomly selected patients with osteoarticular infections across 8 hospitals. One hundred nine (75%) were eligible for oral antimicrobial therapy, but only 18 received it: 5 of 39 (13%) in 2018 versus 13 of 70 (19%) in 2019-2020 (? = .44). Oral antimicrobials may be underutilized for osteoarticular infections in routine practice.