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Antibiotics are the most important tool we have to combat life-threatening bacterial diseases, but antibiotic use, especially when not needed, has unintended consequences. Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly common problem, resulting in over 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year and costing $30 billion in the United States annually.

This session of Grand Rounds will explore how improved prescribing practices and policies can not only help reduce rates of antibiotic resistance, but also improve individual patient outcomes. The session will also provide insight into interventions, such as patient and provider education and clinical decision support, which are key in reaching the goal of reducing unnecessary antibiotic use.

Beyond the Data

In this Beyond the Data, Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Lauri Hicks discuss the problem of excessive and inappropriate antibiotic use and explore the actions providers, patients and public health professionals can take to promote better antibiotic use.

Providers must ask themselves:

  • Does this patient have a bacterial infection?
  • What are the harms vs. benefits?
  • Is this the right medication, at the right dose, for the right duration?

Parents and patients need to:

  • Know that antibiotics do not treat viruses
  • Ask what the best treatment is – sometimes no medicine is the best medicine

Public health professionals should:

  • Continuously engage state and local health department partners to get the message out

Presented By

CDR Lauri Hicks, DO
Medical Director, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work,
Division of Bacterial Diseases

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH
Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes,
Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Population Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

CAPT Arjun Srinivasan, MD
Associate Director, Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
Shari Ling, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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  • Page last reviewed: January 28, 2018
  • Page last updated: January 28, 2018
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