CDC Offers Antibiotic Stewardship Course

PUBLISHED: Feb 26, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office, Pharmacy, Rural Health Clinics

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a new, interactive web-based course designed to help clinicians optimize antibiotic use in order to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety.

The course, of which part one is currently available, includes information about antibiotic resistance and threats as well as a detailed explanation of the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. Additionally, the course reviews risks and benefits of antibiotics, with a focus on the microbiome, adverse drug events, and Clostridium difficile infections. Lastly, clinicians are empowered to optimize patient care by integrating antibiotic stewardship activities into outpatient care.

TJC Medication Management standard MM.09.01.01 requires organizations to address antimicrobial stewardship, including providing education to staff about antimicrobial ordering, dispensing, administration, and monitoring about antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship practices. Making courses such as this new one from the CDC available to staff is one way to comply with TJC requirements.

Included with today’s notice are example policies related to antimicrobial stewardship.

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