Antimicrobial Stewardship - Outpatient Settings

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The Outpatient Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship (PDF) provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship for outpatient clinicians and facilities that routinely provide antibiotic treatment. 

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

The four core elements of outpatient antibiotic stewardship are:

  1. Commitment
  2. Action for policy and practice
  3. Tracking and Reporting
  4. Education and Expertise

Thinking of a Fluoroquinolone? 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.


Primary Care and Urgent Care 

Talking to Patients about Viral Respiratory IllnessStudies have shown that patients are willing to forego antibiotics, even if they expect them, if clinicians explain why antibiotics are not needed, provide positive treatment recommendations, and suggest contingency plans.


Pharmacy

Weighing in on Antibiotic Resistance: Community Pharmacists Tip the Scale is a free, 1- hour continuing education course comprised of various viedo clips and slides to review the importance in understanding antibiotic resistance, why antibiotics are often prescribed inappropriately, and how to promote the proper use of antibiotics within the community pharmacy setting.


Dentistry

Dental providers are uniquely positioned to play a role in preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance. Here are Seven Ways Dentists can Act Against Antibiotic Resistance (PDF). 

 

Update: 9/26/2018