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Collaborative Solutions to Antibiotic Stewardship in Small Community and Critical Access Hospitals.

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Collaborative Solutions to Antibiotic Stewardship in Small Community and Critical Access Hospitals.

Acad Med. 2019 Jul 02;:

Authors: Bhatt J, Smith B, Neuhauser MM, Srinivasan A, Moore P, Hyun DY

Abstract
The overuse and misuse of antibiotics affects patients in many ways, including by driving antibiotic resistance, a serious public health threat in the United States and around the world. To improve patient safety and address rising rates of resistance, an increasing number of health care facilities have created antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs). ASPs have been successful in slowing the emergence of resistance and improving patient outcomes. However, there are serious geographic and resource barriers to ASP adoption in small community hospitals and critical access hospitals. Fortunately, many barriers can be overcome by using collaborative models to bring together key stakeholders, including large hospitals and health systems and academic medical centers; hospital associations; federal, state, and local public health organizations; and federal and state offices of rural health. These stakeholders are ideally positioned to assist with stewardship efforts in small community and critical access hospitals and, in doing so, can improve patient safety while stemming the spread of resistant bacteria.

PMID: 31274518 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]