Is your facility doing a good job of combating antibiotic resistance? Here is what the CDC recommends you do to be a part of the solution.
Clearly define roles and responsibilities for the Medical Director and Director of Nursing.
Write policies and procedures for the use of antibiotics.
Review antibiotic use and resistance data during quality assurance meetings.
Identify a lead for antibiotic stewardship activities. This could be the Medical Director, Director or Assistant Director of Nursing, or a pharmacist.
Maintain access to someone with antibiotic stewardship expertise. Options include a pharmacist who is experienced in the use of antibiotics, the antibiotic stewardship team at a referral hospital, or an expert in infectious diseases.
Tracking and Monitoring
Develop a report summarizing antibiotic use.
Monitor rates of C. difficile infection.
Monitor rates of antibiotic resistant organisms.
Monitor adverse events related to antibiotic use.
Actions To Improve Use
Document dose, duration, and indication for all antibiotic Rx.
Develop an algorithm for diagnosis and treatment of infections.
Periodically review agents listed on the formulary.
Review antibiotic use history when transferring in patients from another facility.
Measure antibiotic use and outcomes.
Personalize provider feedback on antibiotic use.
Provide educational resources and materials about antibiotic resistance to clinical providers and nursing staff.
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