Antimicrobial Stewardship - Long Term Care Settings

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For Facilities:

The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes (PDF) adapts the CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship into practical ways to initiate ar expand antibiotic stewardship activities in nursing homes.

The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship Programs Nursing Homes CHECKLIST (PDF) that can be used  as a baseline assessment of policies and practices which are in place and to review progress in expanding stewardship activities on a regular basis. 

The Agency for Healhtcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide provides toolkits to help nursing homes optimize their use of antibiotics. The Guide is intended to allow nursing homes to pick and choose among toolkits, and even choose among individual tools. Each nursing home will have different needs and resources resulting in different choices.

The AHRQ, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at The University of Chicago, created the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use to develop and implement a bundle of interventions designed to improve antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic prescribing practices across acute care, long-term care, and ambulatory care facilities across the United States.

For Staff:

Guide to Preventng Clostridium difficile Infections Best practices for IPs and anyone who cares for patients with C, difficile or in facilities with patients who are being treated for C. difficile infections (CDI).

Thinking of a Fluroquinolone? Think Again - (MedScape) A new study published in Clinical Infections Diseases reports that fluoroquinolones are commonly prescribed for conditions when antibiotics are not needed at all, or when fluoroquinolones are not the recommended first-line therapy.

Continuing Education: