Category: Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Use (Stewardship)

New Study Sets Baseline to Measure Quality of Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Hospitals

In Hospitals in 2015 More Than Half of antibiotic prescribing for selected events was not consistent with recommended prescribing practices. Since then, CDC and Hospitals have: Established a method and a baseline for measuring the quality of hospital antibiotic prescribing and set national targets for improvement. Expanded antibiotic stewardship programs, with 89% of U.S. hospitals meeting all 7 Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in 2019. Received antibiotic use data from more than 2,000 hospitals through CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (up from 120 hospitals in 2015). Read More About: CDC collaborations with parterns to improve antibiotic use across all healthcare settings; http://bit.ly/AbxStewAction. HHS & CDC Logos.

Experts set national targets to improve prescribing—essential to protecting patients and slowing the rise of antibiotic resistance On March 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study in JAMA Network Open showing that in 2015, more than half of antibiotics prescribed in U.S hospitals did not follow recommended prescribing practices. Read More >

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Survey of US. Doctors Reveals Challenges, Strategies for Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Use

Zetts and Hyun

To combat antibiotic resistance threats it’s essential to improve how antibiotics are prescribed Guest Author: By David Hyun and Rachel Zetts David Hyun, M.D., is a senior officer and Rachel Zetts, M.P.H., is an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ antibiotic resistance project. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has provided a stark reminder of the numerous Read More >

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Drawing on the past to pave the way for the future

Dr. Denise Cardo

The 6th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections is being reimagined into a series of virtual sessions called Decennial Day. Decennial Day will take place on Monday, April 12, 2021 and registration is free. For more information on the agenda and the speakers for Decennial Day, visit: Decennial Day at SHEA Spring 2021 Read More >

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Urgent Care Collaborating to Address Antibiotic Resistance

Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC

Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC Chief Executive Officer of the Urgent Care Association The Urgent Care Association (UCA) and its members are concerned about the looming antibiotic resistance crisis. In collaboration with the College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM), we have decided to be part of the solution. More than 120 million patients visit urgent care Read More >

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When Prescribed Incorrectly, Lifesaving Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous, Carry Real Risks

Rachel Brummert, B.S., M.S., President of Patient Safety Impact In 2006, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin—a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—for a suspected sinus infection. A few weeks later, I ruptured my Achilles tendon while walking across a parking lot to my car. Since that time, I have suffered 24 tendon ruptures, each of which required extensive reconstructive Read More >

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