Antibiotic Stewardship

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Simply using antibiotics creates resistance. These drugs should only be used to manage infections.

Up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed

How you can help

  • Do not pressure your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic unless they feel your infection is caused by bacteria.

  • Tell your doctor that you are concerned about antibiotic resistance and ask:
    • Can your doctor prescribe a “narrow spectrum” antibiotic for your infection?
    • Can your infection be treated with fewer doses?

Antibiotics kill good bacteria in your body which can lead to side effects such as diarrhea or yeast infections.
A “broad spectrum” antibiotic kills more bacteria than a “narrow spectrum” antibiotic.
Talk to your doctor about the risks and how to limit them.


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Antibiotics "just-in-case" | Dr. Debbie Goff | TedxColumbus

Take a few minutes to watch this important TedTalk from Dr. Goff about the dangers of using antibiotics "just-in-case"

Understanding inappropriate antibiotic use

The graphic shows an example of unnecessary use or overuse and an example of misuse or incorrect prescription. This is a useful visual tool when explaining what inappropriate antibiotic use is to others.