Chapter 5 – Current Concepts in Antibiotic Therapy
Emily J. Erbelding
Anne M. Rompalo
With the availability of an increasing array of antibiotic agents, the approach to antimicrobial therapy is becoming complex. Increasing cost pressures in this era of managed medical care and new patterns of antibiotic resistance among clinical isolates make this area a challenging one for the continuing education of any practitioner. This chapter will discuss the principles of antibiotic selection and summarize the general features of the more common antibiotics that may be useful in the treatment of head and neck infections.