The purpose of these guidelines is to optimize antimicrobial use and as such, provide better patient outcomes including less adverse events related to antimicrobials.
The empiric therapy guidelines apply to previously healthy, immunized infants and children greater than one month of age with normal renal and hepatic function. The antimicrobial section applies to the appropriate gestational age as indicated.
These guidelines are not meant to replace clinical judgement. Each child's response should be assessed by clinical evaluations.