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7 Basic Elements That Should Be Included In Each Hospital’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Improving the use of antibiotics is an important patient safety and public health issue as well as a national priority. In this video, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH addresses the 7 basic elements that should be included in each hospital’s antibiotic stewardship program. The March 2014 Vital Signs report discusses prescribing antibiotics in hospitals. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses how antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing decisions also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses the best strategies to use when prescribing antibiotics.

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