Describe and discuss the definition of antibiotic stewardship.
• Effort to measure and improve antibiotic prescribing by clinicians and use by patients.
• Ensure that the right drug, dose, and duration are selected when antibiotic is needed.
• Maximize the benefit of antibiotic treatment while minimizing the harm to individuals and communities.
List at least 3 ways healthcare providers can help improve antibiotic use.
• Follow clinical guidelines
• Review antibiotic therapy 48-72 hours after started – change orders as needed.
• Watch for sepsis and start antibiotics immediately
• Place written commitment supporting antibiotic use in exam rooms – patient communication
• Discuss with patients about when antibiotics are not needed
• Talk to patient’s about ways to relieve symptoms for conditions that usually resolve with antibiotic treatment
• Be aware of antibiotic resistance patterns in your facility
• Follow hand hygiene and other infection prevention measures
List at least 3 ways patients and families can help with antibiotic stewardship.
• Talk to healthcare provider about when antibiotics will and won’t help
• Talk to healthcare provider about how to relieve symptoms
• Take antibiotics only when and exactly as prescribed
• Insist everyone cleans hands before touching you
• Stay healthy by cleaning hands, covering cough, staying home when sick, and getting recommended vaccines
State the types of patients most at risk for severe infections
• Dialysis for end-stage renal disease
• Cancer chemotherapy
• Inflammatory conditions
• Organ transplants