Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide from AHRQ

Holly Harmon


The Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide is a field tested, researched-based resource with four Web-based toolkits, that offer step-by-step instructions and turnkey materials to help nursing homes improve antibiotic use and decrease healthcare-associated infections. The guide offers step-by-step instructions and materials to help nursing homes improve antibiotic use and decrease harms caused by inappropriate prescribing. The guide, which is consistent with CDC core elements of antibiotic stewardship, can also help health care providers meet CMS' new Infection Prevention and Control Program requirements. That program requires providers to have a system to prevent, identify, report, investigate and control infections and communicable diseases for all facility residents, staff, volunteers and visitors. AHRQ's stewardship guide is customizable to meet facilities' specific needs.

The toolkits help nursing homes to:
  • Implement, monitor, and sustain an antimicrobial stewardship program.
  • Determine whether it is necessary to treat a potential infection with antibiotics.
  • Choose the right antibiotic to treat an infection, including an antibiogram module.
  • Educate and engage residents and family members.

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