Discussion: Mr. Smith brings his 4-year-old to your office with chief complaints of right ear pain, sneezing, mild cough, and low-grade fever of 100 degrees for the last 72 hours. Today, the child is alert, cooperative, and well hydrated. You note a mildly erythemic throat with no exudate, both ears mild pink tympanic membrane with good movement, lungs clear. You diagnose an acute upper respiratory infection, probably viral in nature. Mr. Smith is states that the family is planning a trip out of town starting tomorrow and would like an antibiotic just in case.
Create a communication plan for Mr. Smith and/or families for both prescriptive and non-prescriptive drug therapies. Describe what you would tell Mr. Smith and the child. Provide resources that Mr. Smith could access which would provide information concerning your decision.
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The child is probably suffering from different forms of colds and flu’s that were probably caused by viral infection. This is why the child has symptoms which include low-grade fever, mild cough sneezing, and ear pain. Since it is an upper respiratory tract infection, both broad spectrum antibiotics, and narrow-based antibiotics will be used to decrease the effects of the symptoms. The commonly used antibiotic come from the beta-lactam group and are composed of …
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