TABLE 1

Total Antibiotic Duration (Parenteral Alone, Parenteral Plus Oral, or Oral Alone)

Reference and/or Consultant RecommendationsPrime to Prescribe
3 d3 d
3–7 d3, 5, or 7 da
7 d or 1 wk7 d
7–10 d7 or 11 db
10 d11 d
10–14 d11 d
1–2 wk11 d
14 d or 2 wk13 dc
2–3 wk17, 19, or 23 da
4 wk29 d
4–6 wk29, 31, 37, or 41 da
6 wk41 or 43 db
  • a Whereas shorter durations are preferentially chosen when multiple primes meet the directive, longer durations may be selected when the illness is deemed bad. Otherwise, determine by using the Magic 8 Ball.

  • b Coin flip or Magic 8 Ball recommended.

  • c Triskaidekaphobia aside, this duration has proven to be safe and effective.