Initiatives and resources to promote antimicrobial stewardship.

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Initiatives and resources to promote antimicrobial stewardship.

Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2013 Sep;31 Suppl 4:51-5

Authors: Paño-Pardo JR, Campos J, Natera Kindelán C, Ramos A

Abstract
The development of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) requires institutional support. However, obtaining sufficient institutional support is often a complex task that requires convincing the hospital's managers of the benefits of these programs. Additionally, in the design and implementation of an ASP, antimicrobial stewardship (AS) leaders need tools for diverse purposes, such as measuring antimicrobial consumption, education and training and designing protocols. In this review we provide useful information for AS promoters to facilitate the task of designing and implementing an ASP. First, we summarize information about various institutions that promote AS and include evidence that supports the need for and benefits of these programs. Then, several campaigns promoting AS are described. Finally, online resources for professionals dealing with AS are briefly summarized.

PMID: 24129290 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]