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Tom: So that patients receive the safest care possible,
CDC recommends that every hospital
adopt an antibiotic stewardship program
with seven basic elements.
First, leadership commitment, dedicate the necessary
human, financial and IT resources.
Second, accountability, appoint a single leader
responsible for program outcomes.
Physicians have proven successful in this role.
Third, drug expertise, appoint a single
pharmacist leader to support improved prescribing.
Fourth, action, take at least
one action to improve prescribing.
For example, implement a universal reassessment
within 48 hours to double check
drug choice, dose and duration.
Fifth, track, monitor antibiotic
prescribing and resistance patterns.
Sixth, report, regularly report to staff
on antibiotic prescribing and resistance information
and on what can be done to improve.
Seventh and last, offer education about
antibiotic resistance and best prescribing practices.
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Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention