Choosing Wisely – Infectious Diseases Society of America

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) last week released its list of tests or procedures whose necessity should be questioned, as part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely initiative.

The recommendations are as follows:

1. Don’t treat asymptomatic bacteriuria with antibiotics.

2. Avoid prescribing antibiotics for upper respiratory infections.

3. Don’t use antibiotics for stasis dermatitis of lower extremities.

4. Avoid testing for a Clostridium difficile infection in the absence of diarrhea.

5. Avoid treatment with antibiotics for mitral valve prolapse.