Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CDC Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

Kate Wiedeman, CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion


Today, CDC releases the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes. This resource is designed to help nursing homes improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile. 

CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes will provide practical ways for nursing homes to initiate or expand antibiotic stewardship activities.

CDC advises all nursing homes take steps to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use in order to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile. CDC just released a new resource, The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship, to guide these improvements. This resource provides examples of how antibiotic use can be monitored and improved by nursing home leadership and staff. A companion checklist is also available to help nursing homes assess policies and practices already in place and review progress in expanding stewardship activities on a regular basis.

Visit the Core Elements webpage to access the Core Elements document and supplemental resources, such as the companion checklist.

Join the conversation around antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes on social media and online:

Following the below Twitter handles:
Dr. Frieden - @DrFriedenCDC
CDC National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases - @CDC_NCEZID
CDC - @CDCgov
Follow CDC on Facebook and to read long-term care antibiotic stewardship posts in CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog

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