Improving antibiotic stewardship by involving nurses.

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Improving antibiotic stewardship by involving nurses.

Am J Infect Control. 2012 Oct 13;

Authors: Gillespie E, Rodrigues A, Wright L, Williams N, Stuart RL

Antimicrobial stewardship programs are important preventative strategies to reduce hospital-acquired infection, typically involving medical and pharmacy staff. Because nurses are pivotal in administering medication prescribed by medical staff and filled by pharmacy staff, we assessed nursing attitudes and antimicrobial stewardship knowledge before and after an education intervention that focused on nursing involvement in antimicrobial management. This study supports involving nurses as a means of improving antibiotic stewardship.

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