out of curiosity how is anyone/organization dealing with the verbiage of "empirically treating" ? are you querying the provider or are you accepting this verbiage as long as it is documented as such at the time of discharge?
"empirically" = by means of observation or experience rather than theory or logic OR with a basis in or reliance on information obtained through observation, experiment, or experience
i liken this to a physician's using his/her gestalt as opposed to, say, documenting the E. coli that grew from patient's urine and the documenting antibiotics for that E. coli UTI
i don't think that "empirically" always indicates "prophylactically" but is based on physicians' medical decision making skills