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Category: Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Use (Stewardship)

Antibiotic Stewardship in Action: Southwest Health System’s Approach

Penicillin discoverer Andrew Fleming warned in 1945 that overuse of the antibiotic could result in resistant bacteria. In 2017, we are facing that era for most antimicrobials. Medical professionals are working to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance, and small hospitals can perform many of the same stewardship activities as larger facilities. While critical access Read More >

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Society of Hospital Medicine Resources to Empower Hospitalist Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts

Jennifer Townsend, MD

Guest Author: Jennifer Townsend, MD, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, ID Consultant to the Hospitalist Service Hospitalists have assumed major roles in inpatient care in both academic and community settings. At many institutions, hospitalists manage the majority of patients who have infectious disease diagnoses. High antibiotic use is endemic in hospitals. National efforts Read More >

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Stay Tuned for 6 Free CE and CME Videos on Infection Prevention and Control from CDC & Medscape

Medscape Education

Superbugs threaten patients treated in healthcare facilities every day, and drug-resistant bacteria cause over two million illnesses every year in the U.S. It’s critical that all healthcare workers understand proper infection control procedures and use them without fail. Our patients’ lives may depend on it. To support education and prevention, CDC and Medscape are launching Read More >

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We All Must Get Smarter About Antibiotics

Christian John Lillis, Executive Director, Peggy Lillis Foundation

Guest Author: Christian John Lillis, Executive Director, Peggy Lillis Foundation I had scarlet fever when I was six years old. The infection had me in the hospital for a week, while the doctors struggled to diagnose my illness and then managed my treatment with antibiotics. One of my earliest memories is being shaken awake at Read More >

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Poster Commitments Make an Impact on Antibiotic Prescribing

NYS Department of Health recently rolled out a “Get Smart Guarantee” poster

Author: Katherine Fleming-Dutra A commitment from all healthcare team members to prescribe antibiotics appropriately and engage in antibiotic stewardship is critical to improving antibiotic prescribing. Clinicians can demonstrate commitment to appropriate antibiotic prescribing by writing and displaying public commitments in support of antibiotic stewardship. For example, inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory infections were reduced Read More >

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