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Table 3 Indication for empiric antibiotic course by specialty (* included non-defined infections in surgery and of various organ systems in medicine)

From: Antibiotic prescribing in general medical and surgical specialties: a prospective cohort study

Indication for antibiotic therapy Total 326 n (%) Medicine 162 n (%) Surgery 164 n (%)
Respiratory 104 (31.90) 90 (55.56) 14 (8.54)
Urinary tract 39 (11.96) 29 (17.90) 10 (6.10)
Intraperitoneal/ Gastrointestinal 48 (14.72) 4 (2.47) 44 (26.83)
Skin and soft tissue 16 (4.91) 8 (4.94) 8 (4.88)
Sepsis 19 (5.83) 5 (3.09) 14 (8.54)
Biliary 39 (11.96) 0 39 (23.78)
Other* 61 (18.71) 26 (16.05) 35 (21.34)