Chapter 19 - Clinical Corner

Your patient has an infection with Gram-positive staphylococci. She has been on cephalosporin for seven days and has shown little improvement. The doctor is switching her to a combination of streptomycin and penicillin. She does not understand why this is necessary.

A. How do you explain to her why the initial treatment did not seem to work?

B. How do you explain to her what the benefits of the new drug therapy will be?

C. Do you think that this switch will make a difference?



A patient has come to the surgery with a heavy cold that they have been suffering from for several days and is upset when they are not prescribed an antibiotic.

A. How do you explain why antibiotics are not appropriate for their illness?

B. How do you explain why there is no effective drug therapy?

C. How do you explain what steps they should take?