Performance & Quality Improvement
“Did You Know?” is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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August 7, 2015
- Antibiotic-resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.
- National initiatives for infection control and antibiotic stewardship could prevent 619,000 antibiotic-resistant and Clostridium difficile infections over 5 years.
- A coordinated approach, where healthcare facilities and health departments work together, could prevent these life-threatening infections—according to this month’s Vital Signs.
March 7, 2014
- Doctors in some hospitals prescribed up to 3 times as many antibiotics as doctors in similar areas of other hospitals, according to a newly released study of antibiotic prescribing practices in a sample of US hospitals, based on 2010 data.
- Reducing the use of high-risk antibiotics by 30% can lower C. difficile infections by 26%.
- State health departments can help hospitals develop antibiotic stewardship programs by facilitating the use of the CDC self-assessment checklist and an in-depth implementation tool.