On Call looks at use of antibiotics Feb. 1

On Call looks at use of antibiotics Feb. 1 Use of antibiotics is the topic on the Feb. 1 edition of On Call.

Producer Lindsey Meyers and Medical Editor Dr. Rick Holm will visit with medical professionals including Physicians Laboratory pathologist Dr. Henry Travers and Sioux Valley family practitioner Dr. Rebecca Pengilly. Rapid City Regional Hospital Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. J. Michael Keegan also will be on the show to discuss the dangers of overusing antibiotics. Other segments of the show deal with use of antibiotics in children and prescription choices.

"Frequent and inappropriate antibiotic use has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This is an issue that every patient needs to be aware of," Meyers said.

On Call is a weekly program about medicine on South Dakota Public Broadcasting � Television. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service produces the program. On Call is the only medical program endorsed by the South Dakota State Medical Association and the South Dakota Department of Health. It is made possible by major underwriter support from Sioux Valley Clinic and Avera Health. Additional sponsors include The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, GlaxoSmithKline, Dakotacare, Brookings Hospital, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Swiftel Communications and Friends of SDPB.

The program is broadcast at 4:30 p.m. Central, 3:30 p.m. Mountain, on South Dakota Public Broadcasting � Television.

The Feb. 8 show will be on sleep disorders. Viewers can call 1-888-DrOnCall (1-888-376-6225) with questions for the program any time of day. Or submit questions through the On Call Web site, http://oncall.sdstate.org/.

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