Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance has become the main public health concern in 21st century. At least 2 million people in the United States are infected by antibiotic resistant bacteria every year, and 23,000 of them die as a result of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotics are mainly overused in nursing home facilities; between 25% and 75% of antibiotics prescribed in nursing homes are unnecessary.

Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide

PDRCC has developed the Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide in order to:

  • Reduce number of deaths and infections in antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Eliminate uneccessary antibiotic prescribing in nursing homes
  • Help nursing homes optimize use of antibiotics

The Guide provides toolkits to help nursing homes optimize their use of antibiotics. It also provides information that nursing homes can use to make antimicrobial stewardship a priority and choose the interventions that address the needs of their facilities.

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