Monday, November 13, 2017

Help Promote U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: November 13 - 17

Holly Harmon

This week (November 13-19) is U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week!

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly known “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”) is an annual observance held to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of prescribing and using antibiotics appropriately.

According to the CDC, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics annually in the U.S. More than 23,000 people die from these infections, and many others die from other conditions that have been made more complex as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections.

This week's observance is a critical part of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship in communities, in healthcare facilities, and on the farm in collaboration with state-based programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners. 

You can join CDC and their partners in efforts to combat the spread of antibiotic resistance and improve patient safety by using the following resources:

  • A stakeholder toolkit, which includes key messaging, a press release template, social media posts, and more, can be accessed here.
  • A list of events and activities ideas to be used to to promote this year's observance can be found here.
  • Additional educational materials related to antibiotic prescribing, use, and resistance are available for multiple audiences here.

Members can also sign up for AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course, an online self-study education program for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists to prepare to meet the antibiotic stewardship requirements taking effect this month.

The program addresses clinical and organizational systems, as well as processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control fundamental to effectively leading and administering successful infection prevention and control programs and antibiotic stewardship programs. 

Members can find out more about the course and register here.

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