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:
PREVENT the development and spread of infections, including antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.
DIAGNOSE your patients quickly and accurately to identify the source of the infection.
TREAT your patients with a plan that avoids inappropriate and unnecessary antibiotics.
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:
The CDC identifies the following risks3 from the misuse of antibiotics:
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:
Antibiotics are the most common cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in children.5
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:
Learn more about the benefits of an ASP:
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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