What is antibiotic stewardship?

The CDC defines antibiotic stewardship as the effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. Improving antibiotic prescribing and use is critical to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harms caused by unnecessary antibiotic use, and combat antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic stewardship can be used in all health care settings in which antibiotics are prescribed and remains a cornerstone of efforts aimed at improving antibiotic-related patient safety and slowing the spread of antibiotic resistance. The goal of antibiotic stewardship is to maximize the benefit of antibiotic treatment while minimizing harm both to individual persons and to communities.
https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/core-elements/outpatient.html

 

What is antibiotic resistance and how does it occur?

Antibiotics are lifesaving medication that we have come to rely on to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria adapt to no longer be susceptible to antibiotics. Though this is a naturally occurring process, antibiotic resistance is being amplified by the overuse of antibiotics in across the globe.  This resistance leads to higher medical costs, lengthened hospital stays, and increased mortality.

 

Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs Campaign

Hektoen is working to combat antibiotic resistance by offering antibiotic stewardship support to outpatient healthcare facilities through the Precious Drugs and Scary Bugs (PDSB) Campaign.  This campaign promoted judicious antibiotic use by engaging providers to:

  • Increase knowledge related to antibiotic resistance and appropriate prescribing
  • Provide resources to support healthcare providers in improving antibiotic prescribing
  • Improve coordination and exchange of antibiotic stewardship best practices among stakeholders.

Through April 2023, providers will:

  • Complete a baseline survey, available here
  • Make a commitment to promote appropriate antibiotic stewardship in their facility
  • Review the outpatient antibiotic stewardship toolkit
  • Survey patient population about their attitudes about antibiotics
  • Complete a post intervention survey
    • Top 25 providers with the most patient feedback will be eligible to have Hektoen sponsor their participation in the MAD-ID Antibiotic Stewardship Training Program
  • Participate in 3 education webinars (CME available)
    • Topic 1: Action for Policy and Practice  |  Wednesday, November 2nd at 1pm  |  Register Here
    • Topic 2: Tracking and Reporting  |  Thursday, November 17th at 1pm  |  Register Here
    • Topic 3: Education and Expertise  |  Friday, December 2nd at 1pm  |  Register Here

Resources

About the Campaign
Antibiotic Toolkit for the Outpatient Setting
Provider Commitment Form
Sample Commitment Poster
Frequently Asked Questions