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  • Promoting Antimicrobial Stewardship in Human Medicine


    Antimicrobial stewardship refers to coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antimicrobials by promoting the selection of the optimal antimicrobial drug regimen, dose, duration of therapy, and route of administration.  Antimicrobial stewards seek to achieve optimal clinical outcomes related to antimicrobial use, minimize toxicity and other adverse events, reduce the costs of health care for infections, and limit the selection for antimicrobial resistant strains.  Currently, there are no national or coordinated legislative or regulatory mandates designed to optimize use of antimicrobial therapy through antimicrobial stewardship.  Given the societal value of antimicrobials and their diminishing effectiveness due to antimicrobial resistance, IDSA supports broad implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs across all health care settings (e.g., hospitals, long-term care facilities, long-term acute care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis centers, and private practices.

    See elsewhere, IDSA’s policy efforts related to:
    Other Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance
    Non-Judicious Uses of Antibiotics on the Farm
    Health Care-Associated Infections and Infection Control 

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