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Antimicrobial Stewardship Tools and Solutions

Antimicrobial Stewardship Tools and Solutions

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Combat Antibiotic Resistance with Antimicrobial Stewardship

That antibiotic you're prescribing might do more harm than good—and in some cases, it might do no good at all.

Unnecessary and inappropriately prescribed antibiotics are responsible for one of the world's most urgent public health problems: the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections within outpatient settings.1

That's why antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs)—coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antimicrobials by promoting the selection of the optimal antimicrobial drug regimen, dose, duration of therapy, and route of administration—are already in place at hospitals nationwide, and have been recommended and endorsed by leading healthcare associations including:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  • The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • The Joint Commission

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Prevention

PREVENT the development and spread of infections, including antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Diagnosis

DIAGNOSE your patients quickly and accurately to identify the source of the infection.

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Treatment

TREAT your patients with a plan that avoids inappropriate and unnecessary antibiotics.

The Risk of Antibiotic Resistance in the Outpatient Setting

Antibiotic development has declined in recent decades, limiting the options for treating increasingly resistant infections and compounding the problem of antibiotic resistance.

The inappropriate prescription of antimicrobials—including incorrect dosage or duration of an appropriate antimicrobial—contributes to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed when they are not necessary2 for a range of conditions, including:

  • Viral infections
  • Noninfectious processes
  • Bacterial infections that do not require antibiotics (such as small skin abscesses that will resolve with incision and drainage)
  • Bacterial colonization (such as a positive urine culture result in a patient with a bladder catheter)

The CDC identifies the following risks3 from the misuse of antibiotics:

  • Antibiotics can cause adverse drug events and promote antibiotic resistance.
  • There are more Clostridium difficile infections in places with more antibiotic use.
  • Antibiotic use in primary care is associated with antibiotic resistance at the individual patient level.
  • Antibiotics cause 1 in 5 emergency department visits for adverse drug events.
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Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Pediatric Setting

Patients are at risk for antibiotic-resistant infection regardless of their demographics or where they are treated, but the pediatric population is particularly at risk because of:

  • Different antimicrobial needs and uses
  • Unique dosing considerations
  • Vulnerability for resistance due to a lifetime of antibiotic exposure
  • An increased risk of adverse events4

Antibiotics are the most common cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in children.5

The Mission and Benefits of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)

The main goal of an ASP is to ensure each patient receives the most appropriate antimicrobial with the correct dose and duration. Proper ASPs can lead to:

  • Optimal clinical outcomes related to antimicrobial use
  • A reduction in adverse events
  • Reduced costs of health care for infections
  • Limiting the selection for antimicrobial resistant strains

Resources for More Information on Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)

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How You Can Reduce the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance

An ASP goes hand-in-hand with infection prevention and control—as well as diagnosis and treatment, when infection occurs. Trust Henry Schein for the ASP products and solutions that can ensure your patients are treated with the right medicine, in the right dosage, at the right time.

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