Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with this type of pathogen that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.
Changing prescribing behaviors can be difficult but evidence-based methods exist to optimize antibiotic therapy for individuals while minimizing harm to the patient and reducing antibiotic resistance in the community.
In recognition of the urgent need to improve antibiotic use in hospitals and the benefits of antibiotic stewardship programs, in 2014 CDC recommended that all acute care hospitals implement Antibiotic Stewardship Programs.
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