Inpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

About the Data

Description: Data on inpatient antibiotic stewardship practices in U.S. acute care hospitals.

Dates: 2014-2016 (updated November 2017)

Source: CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

Reporting events:

Data is gathered on the 7 Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs.

1. Leadership Commitment: Dedicating necessary human, financial and IT resources.

2. Accountability: Appointing a single leader responsible for program outcomes.

3. Drug Expertise: Appointing a single pharmacist leader responsible for working to improve antibiotic use.

4. Action: Implementing at least one recommended action.

5. Tracking: Monitoring antibiotic prescribing and resistance patterns.

6. Reporting: Regular reporting information on antibiotic use and resistance to doctors, nurses and relevant staff.

7. Education: Educating clinicians about resistance and optimal prescribing.

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