The Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship for outpatient clinicians and facilities that routinely provide antibiotic treatment.
"In the United States in 2010-2011, there was an estimated annual antibiotic prescription rate per 1000 population of 506, but only an estimated 353 antibiotic prescriptions were likely appropriate, supporting the need for establishing a goal for outpatient antibiotic stewardship." (JAMA May 3, 2016)
Results of a cluster, randomized trial suggest that simple interventions, such as suggesting alternatives, accountable justification or peer comparison, could reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Jeffrey Gerber suggests an immediate implementation of the interventions as an outpatient stewardship intervention.
Acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI) is the most common reason for antibiotic prescription in adults. Antibiotics are often inappropriately prescribed for patients with ARTI. This article presents best practices for antibiotic use in healthy adults (those without chronic lung disease or immunocompromising conditions) presenting with ARTI.
The budget blueprint would provide at least $375 million in new funds for the 2016 fiscal year to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, one of the biggest health threats facing the United States and the rest of the world.
Nursing homes are hotbeds of misprescribed antibiotics that breed dreaded superbugs, such as Clostridium difficile, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency wants nursing homes to be models of antibiotic stewardship instead.
A Randomized Clinical Trial | Delayed antibiotic prescription helps to reduce antibiotic use with reasonable symptom control. There are different strategies of delayed prescription, but it is not yet clear which one is the most effective.
Join your friends, family members, and healthcare professionals in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 18-24, 2015. IIPW, which takes place the third week of October each year, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. The 2015 theme is Promoting engagement between patients, visitors, and healthcare professionals around infection prevention.
Annals of Long-Term Care website
Author(s): Teena Chopra, MD, MPH 1,2 • Christopher M. Rivard, MPH 3
Issue Number: Volume 23 - Issue 3 - March 2015
A review of this years work from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including combatting antibiotic resistance, the Ebola update, Salmonella outbreaks, New study on C. diff infections, and much more.
The Objective of this article from the JAMA Internal Medicine website is to examine whether living in a nursing home with high antibiotic use is associated with an increased risk of antibiotic-related adverse outcomes for individual residents.
Clinical Infectious Diseases Advance Access published March 5, 2015, PDF. Background: "Appropriate antibiotic prescribing is an essential strategy to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance. US prescribing practices have not been thoroughly characterized. We analyzed outpatient antibiotic prescribing data to identify where appropriate antibiotic prescribing interventions could have the most impact."
Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) article from the www.cdc.gov/eid website, Vol. 20, No. 12, December 2014. Authors: Guillermo V. Sanchez, Rebecca M. Roberts, Alison P. Albert, Darcia D. Johnson, and Lauri A. Hicks