Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria through Antibiotic Stewardship in Communities

Central to a comprehensive program to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria is antibiotic stewardship (also referred to as antimicrobial stewardship) within healthcare systems and throughout the healthcare community. Antibiotic stewardship is a program by which facilities are able to monitor, reduce and prevent misuse and/or overuse of antibiotics within a healthcare system using a multidisciplinary team and strategic approach. Often seen in hospitals in different forms, antibiotic stewardship principles need to be expanded beyond the inpatient setting as part of a comprehensive patient care model. A new project at Quality Insights focuses on improving outpatient antibiotic stewardship.

The importance of participation in an antibiotic stewardship program is outlined in this letter from DHHS's Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement Dr. Paul McGann, the Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group, Dennis Wagner and the CDC's Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Dr. Denise Cardo. An additional letter of support from Mr. Wagner, Dr. McGann, and James Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA, is written to healthcare system leaders and describe the importance of  community-based providers to combat the serious problem of antibiotic misuse and over use.

Sign-up is easy - just fill out our online participation agreement
 

How We Can Help

Our approach provides outreach and education, technical assistance and spread of antibiotic stewardship, directed to practitioners, pharmacists, healthcare system leadership as well as to people with Medicare.
 
We will engage with partners and stakeholders in our communities in order to identify and develop areas where education and antibiotic stewardship programs are needed. Quality Insights will then help by forming, leading and/or participating in critical partnerships with state and local agencies, private-sector organizations, patient advocacy groups and other entities engaged in this important work.

 

What We Can Achieve Together

This coordinated approach leads to comprehensive, patient-centered programs supported by a Learning and Action Network designed to empower providers and consumers to create synergy, impact outcomes, and meet the goals of:
  • Increasing the number of outpatient settings that have incorporated all Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Develop a multidisciplinary advisory team with expertise in the area of Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Provide education to both clinicians and the community on the fundamentals of antibiotic stewardship and the risks of misuse/overuse of antibiotics in healthcare and food production


Get Involved

Quality Insights’ Quality Innovation Network is at the forefront of improving antibiotic stewardship throughout our region. Providers are signing up now to be a part of this important new project. If you would like to join them, visit the Get Local section of this website to connect with your local project coordinator.

Check out this fact sheet to learn more about the antibiotic stewardship project.

Sign up by completing this online participation agreement
 

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