The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Core Elements for Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals. Read this PDF for more information.
Improving antibiotic stewardship in hospitals is critical to improving patient outcomes. Antibiotic use has well-known unintended consequences, including Clostridium difficile infection and other adverse events. Additionally, antibiotic use is an important driving factor in the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance.
Not only does antibiotic resistance threaten the well-being of patients, the loss of effective antibiotics endangers the ability to deliver life-saving medical care, such as surgery and cancer chemotherapy. As hospitals develop antibiotic stewardship programs, they are making an impact in their patients’ lives today and in the future.