Appropriate Antibiotic Use in Hospitals and Long-Term Care Settings

Studies indicate that 30-50% of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are unnecessary or inappropriate. There is no doubt that overprescribing and misprescribing is contributing to the growing challenges posed by Clostridium difficile and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Studies demonstrate that improving prescribing practices in hospitals can not only help reduce rates of Clostridium difficile infection and antibiotic resistance, but can also improve individual patient outcomes, all while reducing healthcare costs. Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care is a CDC campaign focused on improving prescribing practices in inpatient healthcare facilities.

Nurses play a pivotal role in antibiotic stewardship. Read about how nurses can improve antibiotic use to provide safer, better patient care.

Nurses play a pivotal role in antibiotic stewardship.

Read about how nurses can improve antibiotic use to provide safer, better patient care.

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New Tool for Improving Antibiotic Use in Hospitals

Strategies to Assess Antibiotic Use to Drive Improvements in Hospitals

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Antibiotic Stewardship Program Data

Antibiotic Stewardship Program Data

Access Antibiotic Stewardship Program and Antibiotic Use Data

7 Core Elements

7 Core Elements

of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes

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Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs