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Antimicrobial Stewardship Acute Care Settings
- The CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (PDF) summarizes core elements of successful hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs.
- The Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs CHECKLIST (PDF) should be used to systematically assess key elements and actions to ensure optimal antibiotic prescribing and limit overuse and misuse of antibiotics in hospitals.
Small and Rural Hospitals:
- The Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals (PDF) provides guidance on practical strategies to implement antibiotic stewardship programs.
- Jump Start Stewardship Implementing Antimicrobial Stewardship in a Small, Rural Hospital (PDF). The purpose of this training workbook is to provide small hospitals with guidance and tools to develop a strategic plan for implementing a feasible, small-scale tailored stewardship program.
- Antimicrobial Stewardship for the Community Hospital: Practical Tools & Techniques for Implementation (see "Videos"). This educational initiative was designed to overcome and address the barriers to facilitate practical implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in the community hospital setting led by the hospital pharmacist and infectious disease specialist in conjunction with other collaborating physician specialties.
CDC, in consultation with a variety of external experts, has developed assessment tools that can help facilities explore potential opportunities for improving antibiotic use. Assessment Tools for Antibiotic Use (see "Implementations Resources")
Guide to Preventing 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.
- CDC Antibiotic Use Training Course + Free CE (PDF)
- CDC: Health Professionals Continuing Education Opportunities