SIDP promotes the proper use of antimicrobials through effective antimicrobial stewardship strategies. Since pharmacists are trained in optimizing drug regimens and potential adverse effects, they are able to assist both providers and patients in antimicrobial education. The right drug, right dose, de-escalation, and duration of therapy are all important concepts in establishing a successful antimicrobial stewardship practice. Healthcare providers and patients have the ability to impact antimicrobial use and preserve some of the most important medications we use today.
The toolkit below contains information for healthcare providers on ways to contribute to antimicrobial stewardship and educate patients on appropriate use and safety of antibiotics.
2. Track and report antibiotic use at your local clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)’s Antimicrobial Use module
4. Promote your antimicrobial stewardship efforts publicly
1. Take action by spreading the word on how to be “Antibiotics Aware” by sharing the CDC-ASHP-SIDP pharmacy action posters
Educate yourself and others through these shared resources: