Antimicrobial stewardship

Recommendation

  • Adopt policies that support optimal infection control.
  • In facilities that provide treatment to patients, adopt policies that support appropriate antibiotic use.

Rationale

  • Appropriate infection control practices help to prevent the infections that lead to sepsis. 
  • Timely and appropriate use of antibiotics is an essential element of treating sepsis.
  • Implementing an antimicrobial stewardship program is essential to prevent the inappropriate use of antibiotics.
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Core elements of antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes

This resource gives clear recommendations about how to establish and maintain an effective antibiotic stewardship program.

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Antibiotic stewardship nursing home guide and toolkits

Access a comprehensive set of tools for nursing homes that are seeking to implement antimicrobial stewardship programs.

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Antimicrobial stewardship

This article offers guidance to home health and hospice nurses about antimicrobial stewardship.

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Reducing the overuse of antibiotics for seniors

These tools and resources are available from the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.

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