Collaborating To Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship

SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

South Carolina created a partnership with academia, hospitals, and long-term-care facilities to improve use of antibiotics and prevent antimicrobial resistance.

Photo: A group of medical professionals

May 24, 2019

Every year, at least two million people in the United States get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result. To improve how South Carolina’s healthcare facilities use antibiotics, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control established the Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative of South Carolinaexternal icon (ASC-SC), in partnership with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and College of Pharmacy. Under the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement from CDC, the collaborative—

  • Offers free on-site, telephone, and electronic consultation (currently to 44 acute care hospitals and 12 long-term care facilities)
  • Leads South Carolina’s effort to generate a statewide antibiogram, which documents the susceptibility of pathogens to various antibiotics
  • Develops guidelines to improve prescribing practices for several specific syndromes
  • Holds regional and statewide educational meetings, live webinars, and in-person trainings

ASC-SC also analyzes data on local antibiotic use and rates of Clostridium difficile infections.

For more information:

Katie Waites, Epidemiologist
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Controlexternal icon

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Page last reviewed: May 24, 2019